A major electric car event is set to take place in Finland, and its founder has a vision for the country’s future: Electrification of passenger cars should be built en masse in Finland, according to Gunnar Dackevall, the organizer of the E-Car Expo. Dackevall presented his vision to HS in advance and estimated that Finns could help electrify the bankrupt Saab, which would be very Scandinavian.
Dackevall believes that Uusellakaupunki would have better opportunities to build an “electric Saab” than Trollhättan, where Nevs announced it was going into “hibernation” last spring after buying the Emily project from a Canadian startup. Valmet Automotive’s car factory in Uusikaupunki has been operating at full capacity since retiring two small electric car brands.
Dackevall’s and the destinies of the car are intertwined in such a way that Emily’s prototype was on display at his fair in Gothenburg last December. However, there are currently no concrete plans for manufacturing in Finland. Dackevall encourages Finland to follow Denmark’s lead in promoting electric cars due to its lack of hills and short distances, as well as cheaper electric kilometers. He also believes that 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. 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.