Earlier this month, the Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH unveiled a tiny one-seat electric vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show called the Colibri. The car is so small that two of them can occupy a single parking space, making it an ideal option for dense urban areas. The Colibri has a battery range of about 69 miles, recharges in just two hours, and with its single person-capacity, the car may well be a good candidate for car-sharing programs.
The Colibri isn’t the only new compact electric vehicle we’ve seen in recent months. Other automakers, including Toyota, which unveiled its i-ROAD concept at the Geneva Motor Show, and the EV company Hiriko recently unveiled its folding EV City Car. The emerging trend shows that car makers think there is enough demand to begin producing compact electric vehicles for urban commuters.
Perhaps the most exciting detail about the Colibri EV (aside from being able to park it in tight spaces) is that its battery can be recharged in just two hours on a household electrical outlet. And when hooked up to a public EV charging station it can reportedly be charged to 80 percent in just 20 minutes. The car’s battery has a capacity of 6.5 kWh, which enables the car to reach a maximum speed of 75 mph and have a range of about 69 miles. The car is set to enter production towards the end of 2014, and it should be available for sale in 2015 for under €10,000 ($13,000).