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A Brief History
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From Wikipedia...
In January 1996, Corbin Motors began work on developing an electric vehicle. The Sparrow passed final testing for Department of Transportation certification in April 1999. In September of that year, the Sparrow production line began manufacturing multiple vehicles in Hollister, California. They also made the Corbin Merlin that was available as both coupé and roadster.
Fewer than 300 Sparrows were produced. Corbin Motors filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on March 31, 2003, effectively killing the immediate future of the Corbin Sparrow. A bankruptcy court passed the Corbin assets to Ron Huch's company, Phoenix Environmental Motors, which tried to revive the Sparrow. There were discussions about the production being continued by SLP Canada. On August 5, 2004, Ohio businessman Dana Myers bought the Sparrow interests from Ron Huch, forming the new company Myers Motors.

Wikipedia: Myers Motors NmG...
The new company upgraded the Sparrow, renamed it the MM NmG ("No more Gas"), and started selling it in April 2006. 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 between charges.

From the Microcar Museum: http://www.microcarmuseum.com/tour/corbin-sparrow.html

From The Corbin Motors Website concerning the planned 2017 Sparrow...
This will be a technologically advanced version of the original Sparrow. It will feature its original configuration, 3 wheeled, single passenger ZEV but will utilize a lithium ion power source with an electronic battery management system to produce prolonged battery life and greater range. It will incorporate the futuristic body styling it became know for in a new stylistic model that will turn heads and bring smiles. All this and more will be part of Sparrow's return.

2017 will be the start of 100 Beta Sparrows. Corbin will create 100 hand built Sparrows right here in Hollister , California. The 100 Beta Sparrows will display an exclusive number which will also be the individual VIN # 1/100 through 100/100. For more details about the beta program, contact Sparrow@Corbin.com.

http://corbin.com/motors/
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