Finland is set to host a major electric car event, with the founder of the E-Car Expo, Gunnar Dackevall, advocating for mass production of electric cars in the country. Dackevall believes that the Finns could play a crucial role in revitalizing the classic Saab brand, which went bankrupt in 2011 and was later bought by Nevs, an electric car company.
Dackevall presented his vision to HS and estimated that Finland could help electrify Saab, making it a Scandinavian success story. The Emily project was bought by a Canadian startup who planned to build a car in Trollhättan, but Dackevall believes that Uusellakaupunki would have better opportunities.
Valmet Automotive’s car factory in Uusikaupunki is currently operating at full capacity after retiring two small electric car brands. Dackevall envisions building an “electric Saab” there and sees it as a decisive factor in the electrification of passenger car traffic.
Dackevall’s and the fate of the car are intertwined so closely that Emily’s prototype was on display at his fair in Gothenburg last December. However, there are no concrete plans for manufacturing in Finland yet.
Dackevall encourages Finland to follow Denmark’s lead in promoting electric cars due to its lack of hills and short distances. He also believes that electric kilometers are cheaper to travel and that his event will help promote the spread of electric cars in Finland.
Negotiations are underway for which cars will be showcased at Dackevall’s event in Helsinki, and the possibility of showcasing an electric Saab is still open. While there has been no formal announcement regarding manufacturing the Emily GT, it is possible that the project will pass on to a new owner.