Single-Seat Electric Colibri Set To Go On Sale In 2016

FEB 19 2015 BY MARK KANE 19

Innovative Mobility Electric Colibri Concept

Innovative Mobility Electric Colibri Concept

In November 2014, Innovative Mobility Automobile (IMA) announced that with over 1,200 pre-orders and over 150 dealers willing to sell Colibri (mostly in Europe), preparations to start production were put in high gear.

Initially, IMA aimed to sell fully-equipped version, the Colibri Prime, for €10,990 ($12,400) without battery pack and €40 ($45) monthly battery rental fee (including VAT).

If one would like to buy the 6.9 kWh battery pack with the car, the price is €14,990 ($16,900).

Colibri Prime: Market entry with limited edition

Initially, the Colibri will be deliveredin an almost fully-equipped version, the Colibri Prime, which comes at 10,990 € plus a monthly battery rent starting from 40€. With its powerful drivetrain, the Colibri is a lively runabout while setting high safety standards in its category, coming with an airbag and ESP. Weather-proof and hence usable throughout the year, the electric one-seater is an intelligent mobility enhancement not only for commuters but also for business customers who wish to add a cost-efficient car to their fleet. Renowned German partners and suppliers ensure the high quality of the micro mobile.”

As it turns out, the cute German single-seater Colibri is now scheduled for 2016.

“Set to become available for test-drives and pre-orders this year, and scheduled to enter series production during 2016, the Colibri is aimed squarely at businesses that operate fleets of service vehicles in densely populated urban areas, where parking is at a premium. But that doesn’t mean IMA isn’t also trying to woo everyday drivers, says Thomas delos Santos, IMA’s founder and chief executive officer.”

We are of course wondering how well such a vehicle will sell, as it’s something between the tiny Renault Twizy and your typical small car.

Colibri weighs just 540 kg (1,190 lbs), so with the 32 kW motor, it should be zippy enough. 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 9.9 seconds. Range on ECE-15 is 110 km (68 miles), but this is one of those cycles that doesn’t have much in common with the real world.

“Can the Colibri and cars of its ilk change the face of urban mobility in Europe? It won’t be easy. After selling some 9,000 Twizys in 2012, Renault saw sales of its petite plug-in slide rather dramatically in 2013 and 2014. Toyota is approaching the niche with caution. The company’s acclaimed i-Road, which recently completed a series of consumer trials in Japan, has arrived in Europe to commence a small-scale, three-year car-sharing program in Grenoble, France.”

Here are the specs and price list.

Colibri Prime - spec

Colibri Prime – spec


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19 Comments on "Single-Seat Electric Colibri Set To Go On Sale In 2016"

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A bit smaller than the Smart ED, but costs $10,000 USD less. It has a much smaller battery but only ~10 miles less range than the Smart ED too.

Hmmm… When you look at what’s available these days, the Smart ED is starting to look quite overpriced for what it is.

If I flick it with my thumb, will a flame shoot out the top? 😉

This link is spam ;(

No, it’s not spam. It’s called HUMOR. I only know of Colibri as a maker of Cigarette / Cigar / Pipe lighters. 😉

I was thinking the same thing.

Looks cool. I’d like to see the interior. I wonder how much it would cost if sold in the USA.

Is the Colibri hwy legal or just a NEV?

US NEV classification is a top speed of about 35 mph. This does 74+.

It likely couldn’t be sold here anyways, as our vehicle safety standards are different.

They should make a 2 person version and call it the Colibri Calais.

They already have a spokesperson and song for a commercial. 🙂

(Colbie Caillat – The Little Things)

The Mitsubishi i-miev sounds like a better deal in that I can get one for $9000. The i-miev also can seat four people and has quick charging abilities along with it being able to go on the expressway.

This car is 10k pre incetive!!

Yeah, unfortunately with the smaller battery pack it would only qualify for maybe $3,500 in the USA if it were sold here. But still, that would put it in the range of $6,500 which would be pretty cool. At that price, you could replace one regular car with two or three of these.

It would be great to see a bunch of Shriners driving red Colibris around.

I hope those are electric…

Generally, not. The ones I see are all gas powered go-carts.
But I can’t speak for the ones I haven’t seen.

There are at least 2-3 Chinese brands with big volumes and operational factories already that will offer you a Smart sized 2 seater with a boot and nicely designed Li-On pack with theoretical range >160 km and real life one around 100 km.
Having said that …IMHO it will not fly.

only one seat? B licence?

it cannot have much more success than Renault Twizy…

Put in the back an additional, even if cramped, seat, and limit speed to 80km/h…

than you will have a better vehicle than Twizy that could be driven at 16 in many countries…