Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013
  • Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013
  •  Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013

  • Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013
  •  Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013

  • Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013
  •  Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013

  • Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013
  •  Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013

  • Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013
  •  Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013

  • Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013
  •  Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013

  • Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013
  •  Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013

  • Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013
  •  Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013

  • Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013
  •  Innovative Mobility Automobile Colibri: Geneva 2013

The "Hummingbird" has created quite a buzz. Since unveiling the single-seat Colibri electric vehicle, Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH (IMA) has collected more than 700 pre-orders, according to the company. If those prospective customers make good, Colibri will sell out of the vehicle in 2015, the model's first year of production. That's quite a start, but no where near the end. The company said earlier this year that it could see ramping production up to as many as 17,000 units a year. The little car starts at less than 10,000 euros (about $13,700 US).

IMA first showed off the vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show this past March. The company said at the time that the Colibri's 6.5-kWh lithium-ion phosphate battery provides a single-charge range of 68 miles and a top speed of 75 miles per hour, not to mention a 0-60 mph time of under 10 seconds.

The company also said the battery would last long enough to provide almost 140,000 miles, or about eight years, of driving. IMA says about half of the orders are private users and the other half are from business customers looking to shave refueling costs by adding the electric vehicles to their fleets. Colibri means "hummingbird" in a number of languages. Check out IMA's news brief below.
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More than 700 Preorders

Half a year has passed since the premieres in Geneva and Hannover, and over 700 preorders have been placed with the Jena manufacturer Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH (IMA) since then. About half of the interested people are private users, while the other half are business customers such as fleet operators or nursing services. New reservations are coming in on a daily basis.

This enormously positive market resonance shows that the time has come for micromobility vehicles – especially considering that there was no elaborate marketing campaign to generate this kind of feedback. The number of customers having registered on our website is in fact so high that all production Colibris of the first year, 2015, are sold out already. This success and the constant influx of new contacts and requests are further encouraging us to reach start of series production as quickly as possible. A big thanks to our customers and supporters for their trust!


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      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dan. I know I can't change your opinion on things but have a little faith. The one company hell bent on trying to bring a lightweight aerodynamic hyper efficient car is Edison2 with their VLCe. I still follow the company and have high hopes that they will eventually get someone with big pockets to help them get their ideas to market. I still believe that it will happen. There is just too much demand, though not a huge market, for such a car. It might start as a niche vehicle but you never know that if they make it desirable enough the younger generation might drive the sales up. The other possibility is if an autonomous car becomes the norm then you wouldn't need all the very heavy safety equipment and lightweight and aerodynamic will by default become the norm. Who knows? The future can still be bright. But I'm the optimistic with a small side of pessimism and cynicism that I work to keep at bay. Happy Holidays, Dan.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dan can be very funny. It's always sarcastic humor with a huge bite of cynicism however.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dan should be reasonably happy. This is a pretty efficient vehicle. 68 miles on a 6.5 kWh pack, if true, is quite good.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Grendal
        It weighs more than 2 kilos and cost more than 10 Euros, so it is not good enough for our resident genius.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Grendal
        Nothing makes Dan happy really. But this vehicle is much better than most.
      danfred411
      • 1 Year Ago
      :) it's not quite aerodynamic but naturally aided by the small size. They could have done a lot better in that regard which would have improved autobahn range considerably. But somewhat interesting vehicle. Might motivate Renault to make a better Twizy. It looks like getting in and out takes a bit of effort and people are crazy whiners about that. Other than that a vehicle like this would make an interesting autonomous taxi as well.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      And honestly, would you have thought three years ago that the hottest car on the planet would be an EV? That's why I'm supporting Tesla and going to buy one. Their car is very heavy but it is pretty aerodynamic. The weight does make it only reasonably efficient but they are making electric cool and popular. That is changing people's minds and getting the general public to accept the idea of an EV. I consider that a huge win.
      danfred411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Assess* :) I didn't vote you down btw, someone else did.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder how well a car this narrow handles. These can be built to be very strong, as shown with the Smart car's high crash test ratings. In fact, they can be nearly indestructible.. the only problem is that they tend to bounce off of larger and heavier cars. The advantage with these narrower cars is that they're highly aerodynamic, requiring far less energy to travel along. With just 10kw-hrs, this car could go about a hundred miles.
        EZEE2
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Are you saying that this car is lightweight, aero, and cheap? Hmmmmmm,
      Joe Acerbic
      • 1 Year Ago
      That battery is excessively wimpy. Zero motorbikes have about 11 kWh.
        j
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe Acerbic
        ...Don't Zero motorcycles start at nearly twice the projected price of these?
      danfred411
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't have blind faith, I apply my mind to asses their worth and I don't care for Edison. They went for a narrow body with side by side seating. I get the sense that that's very cramped with next to no side impact protection. As whiny as consumer are about cabin space, I don't think that design will amount to anything .It could be quite efficient of course but that alone wont matter. I don't care for their suspension design either. Nor the car look. Nor the lack of speed in execution. Sure Tesla is changing things a bit and I didn't expect it to be this popular but that's still not good enough. Falls far short of what it could be. 2.1ton is simply unforgivable and with his nonsense about SUVs and pickups I don't see them learning from their mistake. I have faith in God, not people who don't know what they are doing. As herculean a task it is that Elon has pulled off. (with a 'little' help from the bubble stock market)
      k3ith
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do they only make small cars electric these days? If you put a 500-700cc engine and a gas tank in this thing it would be far lighter, could probably make 100mpg, and be well under $10k. I"d buy one of those for commuting, but electric has some issues that I'm not ready to deal with.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k3ith
        You haven't heard of Tesla Model S? Not exactly a small car. Not exactly inexpensive either if that's what you mean.
          Mark Sumner
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Grendal
          I think the comment was intended as not "all the electric cars are small" but '"why are all the small cars electric."
      • 1 Year Ago
      looks like a death trap
        Warren
        • 1 Year Ago
        An SUV is a trap that kills other road users, and kills the planet.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        Like a motorcycle isn't? A motorcycle has zero walls between you and whatever hits you and there are millions of them on the road. Have some perspective.
      danfred411
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's dreadfully true Grendal. Nothing makes me happy. My mindset is so far ahead of everyone else that something that would make me happy is not going to come from anyone on this planet. You are all just too predictably limited. You fail so completely on the simplest of things so the chance of getting something really right to impress me is beyond unlikely. Brutal, but true. Absolutely trivial things like aerodynamics which is a given in aircraft design, utterly and totally escapes the car world. No matter how much I try to beat it into everyone it just doesn't register the slightest. I'm sure many of you think I'm a pathological bundle of criticism but the brutal truth is that I'm holding back. I'm only pedagogically criticizing like I would a small child within the limited expectations of a child. If I were to give my honest opinion on the quality of mankind I would have to set the world ablaze, your failure is that total. The constant frustration with the inexplicable stupidity of the world literally damages my health. If only it was the pickup driving nitwits that disappointed me and I had some communion with the top 1 percentile of intelligence it would be easily bearable but the failure is near total. Even 0.1% would be a vacation for me. Even 0.00001%. There is not a single person on this planet whose quality of thinking meets even my 50% approval. Elon Musk made a 2.1ton car that's losing money at 100k$ a piece. Martin Eberhard made a tiny 2 seater that weighed 1200kg and lost 100+k$ despite a 120k$ price tag. Ian Wright is messing around with some range extender truck BS that's having zero impact whatsoever. Alan Cocconi is content not updating a 20 year old EV drivetrain product with a 25k$ price tag. Chelsea Sexton wont even fight for the liberation of the remaining EV1s when it should be easy to shame GM in this climate with her relative fame. Ferrari is so stupid that they say they will never make an electric car. Bill Clinton has joined the Bushes and gave up on UFO truth. Jack Rickard is fooled by high priced bling and has disdain for people's limited financial means, rendering him entirely ineffective in the one thing he is supposedly devoting his remaining life to. Who doesn't fall totally short? name one. It is an eternal mystery to me that logic is so poorly heard by all.
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