Finland is set to host a major electric car event, with organizer Gunnar Dackevall revealing his vision for the future of automotive technology in the country. Dackevall believes that electric cars should be built en masse in Finland, and that the Finnish people could help save the classic brand Saab by electrifying it.
The event, which proclaims itself to be Europe’s largest electric car event, was founded by Dackevall and aims to promote the spread of electric cars in Finland. He presented his vision to HS in advance and estimated that the Finns could help electrify the bankrupt Saab and make it very Scandinavian.
Saab went bankrupt in 2011 but a company named Nevs, which designed electric cars, rose on its ruins. Last spring, Nevs announced going into “hibernation” and said it was leaving Saab’s iconic Trollhättan factory. The Emily project was then bought by a Canadian startup who would like to build a car in Trollhättan, but Dackevall thinks Uusellakaupunki would have better opportunities.
Valmet Automotive’s car factory is operating at full capacity in Uusikaupunki, having retired 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 encourages Finland to follow Denmark’s lead and adopt electric cars due to its lack of hills and short distances. Electric kilometers are cheaper to travel he says and his event will help promote this trend in Finland.
Dackevall’s vision for the future of automotive technology is intertwined with the fate of Emily’s prototype which was on display at his fair in December in Gothenburg. However, there are currently no concrete plans for manufacturing in Finland yet but negotiations are underway for which cars will be seen at his event in Helsinki and there is still an open possibility for showcasing an electric Saab project as well.
In conclusion, Gunnar Dackevall has a clear vision for the future of electric cars in Finland – he believes that mass production of these vehicles is key to achieving greater sustainability on our roads