Gunnar Dackevall, the Swedish organizer of Europe’s largest electric car event, believes that electric cars should be built en masse in Finland. As the founder of the E-Car Expo, Dackevall has toured the Nordic countries with his fairs and will bring the event to Finland next year.
During a recent visit to Finland, Dackevall saw potential for Finns to help electrify the bankrupt Saab brand. In 2011, Saab went bankrupt and was revived as 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 the company’s electric car, the Emily, is uncertain.
Despite the lack of concrete plans for manufacturing in Finland, Dackevall thinks it’s important to publicly discuss the fate of Euro brands in the electric car industry. He emphasizes the importance of electric cars, especially as trade for electric cars is slowing down in the Nordic countries. Dackevall believes that pricing and interest rates are key factors in the electrification of passenger car traffic and encourages Finland to follow Denmark’s example in adopting electric cars.
As negotiations for the E-Car Expo in Helsinki continue, there is potential for discussions on the future of electric cars and possible collaborations for their production. While there is still uncertainty about whether an “electric Saab” project will be produced in Finland, there is definitely potential for its manufacture within our borders.