Driving in major cities usually invokes stress and anger for many. But not for Brazilian designer, Caio Strumiello, who’s harnessed the traffic nightmare in São Paulo to make something truly extraordinary and unique.
Essentially, he’s used the problem to fix the problem.
Meet the Nanico.
It’s the smallest car in Brazil. And it makes finding a parking space in this heavily congested city an absolute breeze.
As Strumiello says, “When it comes to parking, regular cars are stuck looking for a free parking space, while I park my car in between spaces. In São Paulo, you have nothing better because there isn’t any space. You can’t travel at higher speeds, and yet you have cars that keep getting bigger because people believe that a big car gives you status.”
However, while big cars give their owners less money and a slower commute, Nanico uses only a fraction of the fuel used in most conventional cars… squeezing out more than 80 miles per gallon.
But Strumiello isn’t stopping there.
He’s kicking his auto innovation up another notch by ditching the traditional combustion engine for a solar-powered electric motor.
The goal? To install a seven-kilowatt motor, powerful enough to reach 70 kilometers per hour – the speed limit in São Paulo. And users would be able to charge the car in six hours, using its solar batteries.
Next month, Strumiello will unveil Nanico at a car show in São Paulo. The biggest challenge he faces is a cultural one – persuading consumers to let go of the status and size of their big cars.
However, once consumers can adopt a new mentality, this electric car will not only put cash in their pockets, it’ll be better for the environment, too.
Watch out, Brazil… Nanico is sure to impact the streets in a big way. But look closely, or you might miss it.
Ahead of the tape,
Tech Research Team