The "Hummingbird" has created quite a buzz. Since unveiling the single-seat Colibri electric vehicle, Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH (IMA) has collected more than 700 pre-orders, according to the company. If those prospective customers make good, Colibri will sell out of the vehicle in 2015, the model's first year of production. That's quite a start, but no where near the end. The company said earlier this year that it could see ramping production up to as many as 17,000 units a year. The little car starts at less than 10,000 euros (about $13,700 US).

IMA first showed off the vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show this past March. The company said at the time that the Colibri's 6.5-kWh lithium-ion phosphate battery provides a single-charge range of 68 miles and a top speed of 75 miles per hour, not to mention a 0-60 mph time of under 10 seconds.

The company also said the battery would last long enough to provide almost 140,000 miles, or about eight years, of driving. IMA says about half of the orders are private users and the other half are from business customers looking to shave refueling costs by adding the electric vehicles to their fleets. Colibri means "hummingbird" in a number of languages. Check out IMA's news brief below.
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More than 700 Preorders

Half a year has passed since the premieres in Geneva and Hannover, and over 700 preorders have been placed with the Jena manufacturer Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH (IMA) since then. About half of the interested people are private users, while the other half are business customers such as fleet operators or nursing services. New reservations are coming in on a daily basis.

This enormously positive market resonance shows that the time has come for micromobility vehicles – especially considering that there was no elaborate marketing campaign to generate this kind of feedback. The number of customers having registered on our website is in fact so high that all production Colibris of the first year, 2015, are sold out already. This success and the constant influx of new contacts and requests are further encouraging us to reach start of series production as quickly as possible. A big thanks to our customers and supporters for their trust!