JoeS
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Re: Corbin Sparrow

Fri Jul 03, 2015 5:47 pm

I wouldn't hold my breath. Here's a brief video from the Vancouver Sun website:
http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/High+hopes+made+electric/11167323/story.html
I think this was news to most of us on the Sparrow forum.

Two of my Sparrows were daily drivers for my wife and myself until the i-MiEV, and I continued driving the Sparrow daily (except when it rained) until our second i-MiEV. Nowadays, I take the Sparrow out if I want an EV-acceleration adrenaline rush. I take issue with their description of the Sparrow's handling characteristics, but I admit to not altering the suspension after I removed 450# when I converted to Lithium. ;)

Wish them well.

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Re: Corbin Sparrow

Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:14 am

Saw this upgraded Sparrow on Facebook via Volta Charging:

https://www.facebook.com/voltacharging/posts/925601500833851:0
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Re: Corbin Sparrow

Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:01 am

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Re: Corbin Sparrow

Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:28 pm

"With a lot of used plug-in vehicles now on the market as their leases expire, a used Nissan Leaf EV, for example, can be had for as little as $8,000 in some locations. That's just over half the cost of a new Solo, and it seats five."

. . . . and therein lies the problem - Buy two lightly used 'real' cars' with A/C, heat and power steering, or one three wheeled motorcycle, which is how three wheeled vehicles are classified. Hard to make a profitable go at building something against those odds

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Re: Corbin Sparrow

Fri Jul 01, 2016 7:28 pm

Looked at this: http://electrameccanica.com

This ( http://electrameccanica.com/category/blog/ ) says they have over 20,000 commercial orders.

At $20k apiece (Canadian? Estimated price?), per their reservation link, the venture may be a success??

Perhaps one of our Vancouver members would be interested in a test drive?
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Re: Corbin Sparrow

Fri Jul 01, 2016 7:55 pm

Also found several YouTube videos including: https://youtu.be/0qafJr4iEeM
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Re: Corbin Sparrow

Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:53 pm

I haven't been following them. Glad to see they're redesigning it completely rather than upgrading the existing Sparrow. Wish them well, but am surprised by the "20,000 orders".

IIRC, Elon Musk had said that Tesla in the end would have been better off designing their own Roadster instead of adapting the Lotus.
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Re: Corbin Sparrow

Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:52 pm

The number of orders is surprising.

On a separate note, I wrote an email tonight to Mr. Kroll and received a very quick response. He must have been having a late night!

My questions:
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When will all testing be complete?

When will production start?

When will the car be available in the US?

What will be the price?

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Mr. Kroll, in response to the above emailed questions, wrote:

The testing is NEVER complete!! It goes on and on forever.

If you put in your $250 refundable reservation now, you'll be looking at delivery around March 2017. Many others are ahead of you already.

$19,888.00 is the anticipated price.

Thanks for your email!

Jerry Kroll, CEO
Electra Meccanica

jerrykroll@me.com
604-687-3088

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With that price and that number of orders, its an EV worth watching.
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Re: Corbin Sparrow

Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:14 am

Jay Leno on the Toyota i, a similar vehicle: http://insideevs.com/jay-leno-drives-toyota-road-video/
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