Gunnar Dackevall, the founder of E-Car Expo, has a vision for Finland to play a key role in the resurgence of the classic car brand, Saab. He believes that electric cars should be built en masse in Finland and that it would be very Scandinavian. Dackevall presented his vision to HS in advance and estimated that the Finns could help electrify the bankrupt Saab.
Saab went bankrupt in 2011 and was later replaced by Nevs, an electric car company that rose on its ruins. Nevs announced “hibernation” last spring and said it was leaving 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 thinks Uusellakaupunki would have better opportunities.
Valmet Automotive’s car factory is currently operating at full capacity in Uusikaupunki after retiring two small electric car brands. Dackevall believes that the “electric Saab” should be built there and that it is a decisive factor in the electrification of passenger car traffic.
Dackevall’s vision for Finland aligns with Denmark’s success with electric cars due to its lack of hills and short distances. He also believes that electric kilometers are cheaper to travel than traditional gasoline kilometers, making them more accessible to consumers. His event will help promote the spread of electric cars in Finland by showcasing new models and technologies.
While there are currently no concrete plans for manufacturing Emily GT in Finland, negotiations are underway regarding which cars will be seen at Dackevall’s event in Helsinki. The possibility of showcasing an electric Saab prototype is still open, as it was featured prominently at his fair in Gothenburg last December. Overall, Dackevall’s vision for Finland is to play a key role in revitalizing the classic car brand while promoting sustainable transportation options through the use of electric vehicles.