In Finland, a major electric car event is set to take place, and its founder, Gunnar Dackevall, has a vision for the future of the industry. He believes that electric cars should be built en masse in Finland and that it could help electrify the bankrupt Saab brand.
In 2011, Saab went bankrupt and was later taken over by Nevs, a company that designed electric cars. However, Nevs announced it was going into “hibernation” last spring 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 believes that the “electric Saab” should be built there and that it is crucial for the electrification of passenger car traffic.
Dackevall’s vision for Finland’s role in the electric car industry is intertwined with the fate of Emily’s prototype, which 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 embracing 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 still underway regarding which cars will be showcased at Dackevall’s event in Helsinki, but the possibility of showcasing an electric Saab remains 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.