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Myers Motors NmG

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Myers Motors NmG
ManufacturerCorbin Motors (1999–2003)
Myers Motors (2005–2012)
Production1999–2003; 2005–2012
Body and chassis
ClassBattery electric microcar
Body style2-door coupe ('Pizza Butt')
1-door ('Jelly Bean')
Wheelbase72 in (1,829 mm)
Length96 in (2,438 mm)
Width48 in (1,219 mm)
Height57 in (1,448 mm)
Curb weight1,350 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, produced from 1999 into the early 2010s. It was initially produced by Corbin Motors, and made to order after 2005 by Myers Motors. It is a personal electric vehicle (PEV).[1]


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 mi) 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.[2]

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 97 km (60 mi) between charges.[3]

In February 2013, the NmG disappeared from the Myer Motors "Buy your NmG" page on their website, replaced by the 2 seat Duo.[4]

Electrical system[edit]

Three-wheeler Sparrow cars in 2016

The Sparrow electrical system 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


  1. ^ "Commute Cars". Electric-Bikes.com. 2001-06-13. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Federal Register Vol. 64 No. 113" (PDF). US Department of Energy (DOE). U.S. GPO. 2000-07-12. Retrieved 2006-09-22.
  3. ^ "Buy your NmG Now". Myers Motors. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
  4. ^ "Myers Motors | Buy your NmG Now". 2013-02-14. Archived from the original on 2013-02-14. Retrieved 2022-02-14.
  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. Archived from the original on 2001-03-30. 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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