The Swedes’ Urban Legend: Can the Finns Make It a Reality?

Gunnar Dackevall, the organizer of Europe’s largest electric car event, E-Car Expo, has a vision for Finland. He believes that Finns could help save the classic brand and that electric cars should be built en masse in Finland. In an exclusive interview with HS, Dackevall estimated that the Finns could help electrify Saab and make it very Scandinavian.

Saab went bankrupt in 2011, but Nevs emerged as a company that designed electric cars 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 Uusellakaupunki would have better opportunities for building an “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 the “electric Saab” should be built there and that it is a decisive factor in 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 fate is intertwined with Emily’s prototype, which was on display at his fair in December in Gothenburg. Currently, there are no concrete plans for manufacturing electric cars in Finland, but negotiations are underway regarding 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 yet, but it is possible that the project will pass on to a new owner.

By Editor

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