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Published on December 4th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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$12,000 Colibri EV To Launch In Germany In 2015

colibriBuying a car anywhere isn’t cheap (except maybe for India), though there is a growing market for cheap transportation in an increasingly expensive world. It is notoriously expensive to buy a new car in Europe, though a small electric car company plans to launch a $12,000 city EV sometime in 2015, and if such a car can succeed anywhere, it’s Europe.

The Colibri is a German-built electric car with a goal-price of just 8,831 euros, or about $12,000 U.S., as well as a $74 monthly battery rental fee. Equipped with a tiny 6 kWh battery pack, the Colibri is strictly a city commuter, with room for a single person and a few bags of groceries. Weighing in at less than a thousand pounds, the Colibri claims a range of 68 miles per charge, and can scoot from 0 to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds. Despite its size, the designers claim it can comfortably fit people up to 6 feet 3 inches tall.

While the top speed is limited to 74 mph, most drivers probably won’t even come close to maxing out this miniscule EV. A full charge takes just two hours from a Level 2 charger, and you can supposedly squeeze two of these tiny cars into a normal parking space. There are no plans to sell the Colibri in the U.S., and a planned 2014 launch date was pushed back to 2015.

Though a car seems difficult to find a market for, Europe’s best-selling EV is similarly designed and priced. I am talking about the Renault Twizy, which doesn’t even have a fully-closed cockpit, but has found plenty of urban buyers looking for an alternative to mass transit. If the Colibri makes it to market, it could find a decent following, though America is still many years (and much higher gas prices) from embracing such a small, limited-use vehicle.

Source: Plug-in Cars


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Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn't wrenching or writing, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



  • roseland67

    Chris,
    Familiar name, Colibri?
    Was there not a German Battery maker a while ago named Kolibri,
    that put it’s battery in a small Audi, A4 and ran it for many, many miles?

    • Christopher DeMorro

      @ roseland67

      That’s a good point isn’t it? Perhaps something worth digging into.

  • http://www.kompulsa.com/ Kompulsa (Nicholas)

    After three years, the rental cost amounts to that of buying a 6 kWh battery bank outright, then you have to keep paying after the three years anyway.

    Not good.

  • Bob_Wallace

    “Mitsubishi is reportedly going to decrease the price of its i-MiEV electric vehicle by $6,130 from its 2012 price of $29,900 (before incentives). It will be introduced as the 2014 i-MiEV, selling for $22,995 before the $7,500 federal EV tax credit ($15,495 after that).”

    http://cleantechnica.com/2013/12/05/mitsubishi-will-drop-miev-price-thousands/

    If you live in one of the states which also provides EV subsidies then the price could be very sweet. For a four passenger vehicle. And you own the batteries.

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