Gunnar Dackevall, the organizer of Europe’s largest electric car event, E-Car Expo, has a vision for the future of Finland and its role in saving classic brands. According to Dackevall, Finns have the potential to help electrify bankrupt Saab and make it a Scandinavian brand once again.
Saab went bankrupt in 2011 and was replaced by Nevs, which designed electric cars. However, Nevs announced going into “hibernation” last spring and left Saab’s iconic Trollhättan factory. The Emily project was then bought by a Canadian startup who plans to build a car in Trollhättan. Dackevall believes that Uusellakaupunki would have better opportunities for manufacturing the electric Saab.
Valmet Automotive’s car factory in Uusikaupunki is currently operating at full capacity after retiring two small electric car brands. Dackevall sees the “electric Saab” as a decisive factor in the electrification of passenger car traffic and believes that it should be built there.
Dackevall’s and the fate of Emily’s prototype are intertwined, as it was on display at his fair in Gothenburg last December. However, there are currently no concrete plans for manufacturing the electric Saab 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 than gasoline kilometers, making them more accessible to everyone. His event aims to promote the spread of electric cars in Finland and showcase various car models from different manufacturers.