Electric cars should be built in Finland, according to Gunnar Dackevall, the founder of the E-Car Expo. He has a vision of electrifying bankrupt Saab and making it a Scandinavian brand.
Dackevall presented his vision to HS in advance and estimated that the Finns could help save Saab. The Emily project was 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 in Uusikaupunki is already operating at full capacity, having retired two small electric car brands. Dackevall believes that the “electric Saab” should be built there and that it is crucial for the electrification of passenger car traffic.
Dackevall’s destiny is intertwined with Emily’s prototype, which was on display at his fair in December in Gothenburg. However, there are currently no concrete plans for manufacturing in Finland. Dackevall encourages Finland to follow Denmark, which he believes 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 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 electric Saab is still completely open. There has been no formal announcement regarding manufacturing the Emily GT, but it is possible that the project will pass on to a new owner.