In 2016, the British firm Young Driver Motor Cars introduced an electric vehicle for young drivers called the Firefly. The Firefly Sport is a new electric car for children ages 4 to 10 that follows in the footsteps of the original model.
The team behind the Firefly Sport is also entirely British; Steve Rawson, formerly of Aston Martin, oversees production engineering, and Dr. Ian Pogson, formerly of JLR and MG, created the vehicle’s powertrain.
The Firefly Sport takes the form of a diminutive roadster and can be equipped with a roof for use in all seasons. Features include a lightweight aluminum frame, independent suspension, and rack-and-pinion steering for a true road-going experience. The digital dashboard gauge that displays the vehicle’s speed, time, and range can be personalized to suit the driver’s needs.
The powertrain of the Firefly Sport consists of two 24-volt electric motors and twelve-volt batteries that can be recycled. While the small EV can reach speeds of up to 40 kilometers per hour (25 mph) depending on the transmission selected, the youngest drivers will only be able to reach speeds of up to 7 mph (11 km/h).
The Firefly Sport includes a remote cut-off feature with a range of up to 200 meters (656 feet) for added security. When it detects an obstruction in its path, it will shut off automatically.
The Firefly Sport can now be test driven for £20 ($23.66) at one of 45 Young Driver’s training centers across the UK. It will be available for outright purchase, with pricing to be revealed at the British Motor Show.
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