#1 cleantech news, reviews, & analysis site in the world. Subscribe today. The future is now.


Cars

Published on July 22nd, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan

0

Brazil Electric Carsharing + UK Electric Car Racing

July 22nd, 2015 by  


Originally published on Gas2.

DirijaJa!, based in the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba, is reportedly one of Brazil’s leading electric mobility companies. Westfield Sportscars in the UK will now bring its electric cars to the European market under a new partnership that will also see DirijaJa! introducing electric cars from Westfield Sportscars into the South American market. Catch all that?

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) was reportedly the initiator of this partnership.

“Westfield has partnered with UKTI and adopted a strategic approach to identifying opportunities in new markets. The company has benefited from intensive assistance from many of UKTI’s services, including the Passport to Export scheme and introductions from UKTI Brazil. This exciting new venture between DirijaJa! and Westfield is another fantastic opportunity that further enhances the international profiles of both companies,” UKTI International Trade Adviser Paul Keeling stated.

Yep, that was Paul tooting his and UKTI’s own horn, but anyhow, it helps to show how this partnership came about and how others could sprout.

All of that said, I’m not actually finding any DirijaJa! electric cars on the web… but it has apparently invested in a company working to develop Brazil’s first electric car, Obvio! (don’t ask me what’s up with all of the exclamation marks — I guess it’s a Brazilian thing… that Germany’s Volkswagen also dabbles in).

Obvio 828 electric car Brazil 0 Obvio 828 electric car Brazil 01 Obvio 828 electric car Brazil 1 Obvio 828 electric car Brazil 2 Obvio 828 electric car Brazil 3 Obvio 828 electric car Brazil 4 Obvio 828 electric car Brazil 5

The Brazilian company is also working to develop and produce the FNM, an electric cargo van, with a haulage capacity of up to 1,500 kilograms, and the ACESSO, a street-legal special electric vehicle for handicapped drivers. Those are a lot of ambitions for a young startup. We’ll see how they turn out.

DirijaJa! has invested in and technologically supports carsharing company Fleety. “The services began this year and, in less than six months, 5,505 users and 472 vehicles have already been registered.” Clearly, DirijaJa! is looking to transform transportation in Brazil.

Going the other way, the specifics of the UK-to-Brazil cars have a deeper history. DirijaJa! CTO Fabiano Isoppo says, “Under this common development, we are also supply [sic] the Westfield Race Series vehicles – AeroRace, XTR and iRacer – to start electric racing cars in the South American market, using the concepts of ‘car sharing’ for local teams, in a high tech competition. This offer starts a variety of opportunities to both novice and expert drivers alike. It is very good value for money for such an exciting and ambitious project.”

westfield

iRacer

Westfield Sportscars is “one of the UK’s leading hand-built sports car manufacturers that is British owned and family run.” Based in Kingswinford in the West Midlands, it designs, manufactures, and certifies handmade and factory-built sports cars for distribution all over the globe. The company has a pretty distinguished history since its birth in 1983, and in 2011 it launched the world’s first pure-electric race series, using the Westfield iRacer. It also developed a number of other pure-electric cars for the road. Gas2 has actually had its eye on Westfield and the iRacer since 2010.

It’s an interesting partnership — a Brazilian company developing a tiny little electric car and pioneering electric carsharing, and a UK company that has led the way in electric racing and kit cars. We’ll see where it goes.

Images via Obvio! & Westfield Sportscars


Support CleanTechnica’s work by becoming a Member, Supporter, or Ambassador.

Or you can buy a cool t-shirt, cup, baby outfit, bag, or hoodie or make a one-time donation on PayPal.






Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



Back to Top ↑