The idea of a carbon-free automobile fleet is not new in Brazil. Since the government’s Proálcool program and the Gurgel prototype—the country’s first electric car, produced in the 1980s—Brazil has tried to be on the forefront of cleaner and more efficient transportation alternatives. Now, supported by new technologies, Brazilian startups have decided to turn the dream into reality. However, some of the old obstacles—such as taxes and lack of structure—still pose a challenge.
Mobilis is one of these companies. The startup founded in Santa Catarina in 2013 needed just BRL 600,000 to produce Li, its electric vehicle propelled by a Lithium battery. The car’s minimum viable product (MVP) is reminiscent of a hi-tech golf cart: it has no doors, an aluminum chassis, and lots of integrated tech systems.