Finland is set to host a major electric car event, and its founder, Gunnar Dackevall, has a vision for the future of electric cars in the country. Dackevall believes that Finns could help save the classic brand by building electric cars en masse in Finland. He presented his vision to HS in advance and estimated that the Finns could help electrify the bankrupt Saab, making it very Scandinavian.
In 2011, Saab went bankrupt and a company named Nevs rose on its ruins, designing electric cars. Last spring, Nevs announced 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, but Dackevall thinks 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 a decisive factor in the electrification of passenger car traffic.
Dackevall’s and the destiny of the car are intertwined in such a way that Emily’s prototype 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 to 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.