Germany-based Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH (IMA) has logged more than 700 preorders for the electric one-seater Colibri since since it was launched in Geneva and Hannover earlier this year. About half of the interested people are private users, while the other half are business customers such as fleet operators or nursing services.
IMA conceptualized the Colibri as an intelligent mobility solution to be used in urban spaces; the micro-car is flexibly combinable with other modes of transportation. IMA put special focus on vehicle safety, making the Colibri the first vehicle in its class which will pass the Euro NCAP crash test.
The 440 kg (970 lbs) Colibri is powered by a 72V, 6.5 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack. The 24 kW, 60 N·m electric motor accelerates the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds, with a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). Energy consumption (NEDC) is about 6 kWh/100 km.
|The Colibri. Click to enlarge.|
The project has been state-aided since 2011 with a €2.8-million (US$3.8-million) subsidy under the program “Key technologies for the electric mobility” (“STROM”) from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (“BMBF”). On October 31st 2013, IMA announced it had reached all goals that had been set for the project within its two-year subsidy timeframe and successfully presented the homologated prototype.
The Colibri series production is scheduled to begin in late 2015; pricing is €8,900 (US$12,000) plus €55 (US$74) monthly battery lease.