A major electric car event is set to take place in Finland, and its founder has a vision: Finns could help save the classic brand. Gunnar Dackevall, the organizer of the E-Car Expo, which claims to be Europe’s largest electric car event, presented his vision to HS in advance and estimated that the Finns could help electrify the bankrupt Saab.
In 2011, Saab went bankrupt and Nevs, an electric car company, rose on its ruins. Last spring, Nevs announced it was going into “hibernation” and leaving Saab’s iconic Trollhättan factory. The Emily project was then bought by a Canadian startup who wanted to build a car in Trollhättan. However, Dackevall believes that Uusellakaupunki would have better opportunities for building the “electric Saab”.
Valmet Automotive’s car factory in Uusikaupunki is currently operating at full capacity after retiring two small electric car brands. Dackevall believes that building the “electric Saab” there is crucial for the electrification of passenger car traffic. The event has already showcased Emily’s prototype at Dackevall’s 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 flat terrain and short distances. He also believes that electric kilometers are cheaper to travel than traditional gasoline kilometers. His event aims to promote the spread of electric cars in Finland by showcasing various types of electric vehicles at Helsinki during negotiations regarding which cars will be displayed at his event.