Yesterday the Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa – huge electric car supporter – and the President of Brasil, Michel Temer announced that an agreement between PTI (Itaipu Technological Park) and CEiiA (Center for Excellence and Innovation for the automobile industry) was signed in order to produce and sell an affordable electric car.
This electric car was developed by CEiiA and PTI has been doing some further improvements. It will be built in Brasil to be sold in South America and Europe.
But what’s CEiiA?
“We are a Centre of Engineering and Product Development that designs, implements and operates innovative products and systems alongside our partners in the aeronautic, mobility, naval/offshore and automotive industries.
We offer complete solutions based in robust engineering skills and unique project methodologies, covering all product development phases from concept to the production of small series, and we operate intelligent systems. “
“CEiiA was created in 1999 with the goal of supporting the competitiveness of the Portuguese automotive industry. Since then, CEiiA enlarged the activity, focusing on mobility, aeronautics and offshore, always pushing the industry!”
CEiiA is unknown for most of us since it works in the shadow, but some of its innovations have been implement in products from well known companies, like Volkswagen, Porsche, Siemens, Isuzu or Pininfarina.
Now let’s see the small but good looking electric car CEiiA has developed.
While I like the design, until technical specs are known I can’t say it’s better than a Smart ForTwo ED. The good news is that a car made to be sold in South America, has to be affordable, so this electric car shouldn’t cost more than 10.000 €.
Veeco RT is also another Portuguese electric car project that can take advantage of the current favorable political climate to launch, since electric mobility is a priority of the current Portuguese government.
Veeco RT is a full electric sport reverse trike that is expect to be sold for a price between 23.000 and 25.000 €. The release date was set for later this year, but I haven’t got any news lately.
In my opinion the current lack of interest in electric cars from mainstream automakers, is an opportunity for startups to emerge and start selling great EVs. So the more the merrier. This is the positive aspect of the current attitude automakers have towards electric vehicles.
What do you think? Can projects like these take advantage of the current lack of interest in electric cars from traditional automakers?