Finland is about to host a major electric car event, and its founder has a bold vision: to save the classic brand Saab. Gunnar Dackevall, the organizer of the E-Car Expo, which claims to be Europe’s largest electric car event, believes that electric cars should be built in mass in Finland.
Dackevall presented his vision to HS and estimated that Finns could help electrify the bankrupt Saab and make it more Scandinavian. Saab went bankrupt in 2011 and was later replaced by a company named Nevs, which designed electric cars. Last spring, Nevs announced going into “hibernation” and left Saab’s iconic Trollhättan factory. The Emily project was then bought by a Canadian startup who wanted to build a car in Trollhättan, but Dackevall believes 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 thinks that the “electric Saab” should be built there and it is crucial for the electrification of passenger car traffic.
Dackevall’s fate with the car is intertwined so much that Emily’s prototype was on display at his fair in December in Gothenburg. However, there are no concrete plans for manufacturing in Finland yet. Dackevall encourages Finland to follow Denmark’s lead as he believes it is perfect for electric cars due to its lack of hills and short distances. He also believes that electric kilometers are cheaper to travel and his event will help promote the spread of electric cars in Finland.
In addition to electric car news, negotiations are underway for which cars will be seen at Dackevall’s event in Helsinki, and the possibility of showcasing an electric Saab is still completely open