Finland is set to host a major electric car event, with the founder of the E-Car Expo, Gunnar Dackevall, envisioning a future where Finns play a key role in saving the classic brand. Electric cars should be built en masse in Finland, according to Dackevall, and he believes that it would be very Scandinavian.
Saab went bankrupt in 2011 and was later taken over by Nevs, an electric car manufacturer. Nevs designed and produced electric cars at Saab’s iconic Trollhättan factory until they announced “hibernation” earlier this year and said they were leaving Trollhättan. The Emily project was then bought by a Canadian startup who intended 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 crucial for the electrification of passenger car traffic. He also encourages Finland to follow Denmark’s lead in promoting electric cars due to its lack of hills and short distances.
Dackevall’s vision for manufacturing the Emily GT prototype at his fair in Gothenburg has not yet been realized, but negotiations are underway regarding which cars will be on display at his event in Helsinki. There is still no formal announcement about manufacturing the Emily GT project, but it is possible that it will pass on to a new owner.