Finland has been touted as a prime location for building electric cars, thanks to the efforts of Gunnar Dackevall, the organizer of Europe’s largest electric car event. Dackevall, who has toured the Nordic countries with his fairs, believes that Finns can help electrify the bankrupt Saab brand.
Saab went bankrupt in 2011 and was resurrected by Nevs, a company specializing in electric cars. However, Nevs announced last spring that it was going into “hibernation” and leaving Saab’s iconic Trollhättan factory. The future of Nevs’ electric car, the Emily, remains uncertain.
Despite the lack of concrete plans for manufacturing in Finland, Dackevall sees potential for an “electric Saab” project at Valmet Automotive’s car factory in Uusikaupunki. He emphasizes the importance of electric cars as their popularity is slowing down in the Nordic countries and believes that pricing and interest rates are key factors in their adoption.
Dackevall encourages Finland to follow Denmark’s example and adopt more electric cars. As negotiations for the E-Car Expo in Helsinki progress, there may be opportunities for discussing the future of electric cars and potential collaborations for their production. While the fate of the “electric Saab” project remains uncertain, there is still potential for its production in Finland.