The all-electric Firefly Sport for children’s driving lessons

The new Firefly Sport was launched as an all-electric, all-British car designed exclusively for teaching kids to drive. While you have to be seventeen or older to drive a car on public roads, there are companies that can have kids like Young Driver, whose sister company Young Driver Motor Cars created this new kid-sized electric vehicle.

Founded in 2009, Young Driver teaches children the importance of road safety and how to drive themselves, with instruction taking place at dedicated training locations. The new Firefly Sport has been specially designed to not only encourage children to learn to drive, but to give them an experience that is as close as possible to driving on the public road.

Designed for riders ages four to ten, the Firefly Sport has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Steve Rawson, ex-Aston Martin and ex-Jaguar Land Rover and MG engineer Dr. Ian Pogson, played a central role in the development of the car.

The chassis is made of aluminum with all-round independent wheel suspension and rack and pinion steering. Beneath that striking, supercar-like exterior are 12-volt batteries powering two 24-volt electric motors. The maximum speeds vary between 7 and 40 km/h depending on the age and skill of the driver. The car itself can be charged using solar power, and its battery’s cells are bolted together, which should make them easy to remove and recycle. There’s also a remote disconnect switch with a range of 200 meters that can automatically cut off power if it detects obstacles in its path.

There’s also an optional roof, so learning to drive the Firefly Sport doesn’t have to be weather dependent. Inside are three instruments – speedometer, clock and range indicator, as well as a reversing camera and indicator lights for turn signals, headlights and tail lights.

Ian Mulingali, Managing Director of Young Drivers Motor Car, said: “Firefly Sport is a full scale downsized automobile. When it launches this month, it will give four to ten year olds the opportunity to get behind the wheel and experience an authentic driving experience. It is precisely this level of commitment that we need in our training centers for young drivers in order to get them on the road to greater road safety – and ultimately to avoid unnecessary road deaths.”

The Firefly Sport is also 100% British. A Bromsgrove based supplier is used for the 12 volt batteries and the electric motors are manufactured in Bournemouth. The body is made in Huddersfield and the chassis comes from Coventry. “If you think about how the UK car industry is moving towards greater autonomy in parts sourcing, we’re definitely ahead of the curve!” says Mulingali.

While the Firefly Sport will be available to drive at YDMC training centers across the UK, the public can purchase the car outright (provided they have enough private land to drive it). YDMC has also announced that a number of variants will be developed, including those suitable for adult use. Prices for the Firefly Sport will be announced at the British Motor Show.

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