Myers Motors NmG

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Myers Motors NmG
Corbin Sparrow.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Corbin Motors (1999-2003)
Myers Motors (2004-present)[1]
Production 1999–2003; 2005-present;
Body and chassis
Class Battery electric microcar
Body style 2-door coupe (Pizza Butt)
1-door (Jelly Bean)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 72 in (1,829 mm)
Length 96 in (2,438 mm)
Width 48 in (1,219 mm)
Height 57 in (1,448 mm)
Curb weight 1,350 lb (610 kg)
Corbin Sparrow 'Pizza Butt'.

The Myers Motors NmG (formerly the Corbin Sparrow) is a single-passenger, three-wheeled, battery electric vehicle designed specifically for commuting and city driving. It was initially produced by Corbin Motors and now by Myers Motors. It is a Personal Electric Vehicle (PEV).[2]

Description[edit]

The Sparrow is powered by a 20 kW (continuous) 156-volt DC or 3-phase AC electric motor and has a range of 32 to 64 km (20 to 40 miles) and a top speed of 112 km/h (70 mph). Fuel efficiency is approximately 130 W·h/km (4.8 mi/(kW·h)), which is equivalent to 162 mpg (US) or 194 mpg (UK) (1.45 L/100 km) using the DOE conversion.[3]

Two models were produced: the original "jelly bean" model and then a hatchback model, which was nicknamed "pizza butt" because it was designed for use by Domino's Pizza. Several Sparrows were featured in the feature films Austin Powers in Goldmember and Looper.

In June 2008 the website listed a price of $29,995 without taxes or shipping. In 2009 the NmG began to use lithium batteries which Myers Motors claims doubled its driving range to 60 miles (97 km) between charges.[4]

Electrical system[edit]

The Sparrow electrical systems in a Corbin Sparrow VIN28 is composed of three isolated sections. "Defanging" is the process of changing the circuit to disconnect the high voltage from the low voltage.[5]

Line voltage 
110 / 220 V AC
High voltage 
156 V DC
Low voltage 
13.5 V DC

See also[edit]

Other microcars and 3-wheel electric/hybrid automobiles

References[edit]

  1. ^ Myers Motors website (accessed 6 October 2010)
  2. ^ "Commute Cars". Electric-Bikes.com. 2001-06-13. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  3. ^ US Department of Energy (DOE) (2000-07-12). "Federal Register Vol. 64 No. 113" (PDF). U.S. GPO. Retrieved 2006-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Buy your NmG Now". Myers Motors. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  5. ^ "Enviromotors Wiki | Sparrow / Defanging". Enviromotors.com. 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  6. ^ "Enviromotors Wiki | Sparrow / OtherCharger". Enviromotors.com. 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  7. ^ "Advanced DC Motors". Adcmotors.com. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  8. ^ "Enviromotors Wiki | Sparrow / Batteries". Enviromotors.com. 2009-01-11. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  9. ^ "1955 Fuji Cabin". Microcarmuseum.com. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 

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