Brazil has made significant strides in the development of electric vehicles (EVs) and sustainable energy solutions, evidenced by a rise in patent filings. The increase in electric vehicle sales in the first half of 2023 was approximately 58%, compared to the same period in the previous year, indicating a growing interest and investment in sustainable transportation technologies. Known for its rich biodiversity and natural resources, Brazil has recognized the importance of transitioning to cleaner and more sustainable transportation and energy systems to address environmental challenges and promote global economic growth.
Industries have introduced more electric models into the market, and this growth can be attributed to government incentives that make them more accessible to consumers. In this regard, the BPTO offers a priority patent examination program called the “Green Patent,” which aims to expedite the patent granting process. These companies, often seeking patent protection for their innovative technologies, actively work on improving EV components to make them reusable, reducing the need for mining and minimizing carbon footprint. Sustainable battery recycling is essential for creating a circular economy for EVs.
With the increasing number of electric vehicles, which is expected to reach around 14 million cars sold in 2023, the planet benefits. Five million barrels of oil can be avoided by 2030, resulting in a reduction in environmental impacts caused by fossil fuel-powered vehicles.
“In Brazil, a remarkable surge in patent filings related to electric vehicles and sustainability reflects a commitment to eco-friendly innovation. The nation’s rich natural resources and growing awareness of environmental concerns are driving this trend. Recycling of materials such as lithium batteries plays a pivotal role in sustainability efforts”, says Gabriel Di Blasi, founding partner of Di Blasi, Parente & Associados.