For several weeks now I’ve noticed a rather unusual car as I’ve driven along North Pleasantburg Drive. Today I took the time to stop and take some photos, and do a bit of research on the vehicle. It turns out that the car is a Corbin Sparrow – a single seat, all electric car originally built by the Corbin Motor Company.
The Sparrows were built from 1998 – 2002 in Hollister, California. The little commuter cars had a top speed of 70 mph but a range of only 20-40 miles on a full battery charge. Corbin declared bankruptcy in 2003, and was bought by the Myer Company in 2004. The cars are still produced, now renamed the NMG (No More Gas), and you can get one for a cool $27,000. I still like the old name Sparrow, though.
This particular Sparrow, a 2000 model, was parked at Eagle Embroidery. When I stopped by, one of the employees was working on the front of the building, so I asked some questions. The car’s batteries are dead, but more have been ordered. As I walked around the car, I noticed a single door on the curb side, and a trunk hatch. There wasn’t much room inside, but there was a tape deck.
I stayed long enough to take a few photos from all angles. I’d love to take it for a spin when the new batteries arrive.
[tags]Corbin Sparrow, Electric Car[/tags]