Another $13,000 micro EV from a no-name automaker is just what the world needs, right?

Colibri EV

We know what you’re thinking: Why can’t there be more tiny electric micro-cars for under $13,000? Well you’re in luck. Behold the “Colibri” from upstart EV automaker Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH.

Small enough for two to fit into a single normally proportioned parking spot; the Colibri is the perfect EV for an urban commuter on the go, from a company you’ve never heard of.

With a top speed of 75 mph from a 6.5-kilowatt-hour electric motor, the Colibri will easily keep up with the average flow of traffic on the American highways.

Distinctively, the Colibri will fully recharge in two hours on a normal 120-volt household wall outlet, which is some 16 hours less than most production EVs. Should you find yourself near a level-two charger, your Colibri can recharge up to 80 percent capacity in 20 minutes, which isn’t all too far off the Volkswagen e-up!

If you’re interested in this two-door, two-seater subcompact EV that Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH brags can hold “one bag and two crates,” you can pre-order online here.

Don’t worry that small EV startups like Fisker Automotive and CODA are failing left and right. Though Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH is asking for investment partners, your Colibri will most certainly get built, let’s say.

You’ll have to forgive our cynicism, but how many start up EV companies are going to have a go before they realize that without a product as gorgeous or as groundbreaking at the Telsa Model S, they don’t stand a chance?

Why would anyone buy an EV from a company they’ve never heard of when they can already get any number of great EVs from well-known automakers that customers know will be around in six months?

If a startup EV company hit the right mix of form, function and price, would you take a chance? Leave a comment.

Product Review

Audi built an electric SUV for buyers who want gasoline-free to mean stress-free

We finally got to spend time behind the wheel of the electric 2019 Audi E-Tron bustling cities and arid desert of the United Arab Emirates to see how it compares with Jaguar and Tesla's competitors.
Movies & TV

How much does Netflix cost? Here’s a pricing breakdown of its plans

Wondering how much a Netflix subscription costs? You're not the only one. That's why we put together a quick-hit guide covering all the Netflix plans, whether you want to opt for 4K streaming or a disc-based option.
Movies & TV

Stay inside this winter with the best shows on Hulu, including 'Killing Eve'

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.
Cars

Did that car just wink at you? Daimler previews car-to-pedestrian signals

Eager to show off progress with autonomous cars and perhaps do some consumer softening as well, Daimler and Bosch previewed car-to-pedestrian communications. A sensor-loaded Mercedes S appears to wink to acknowledge a pedestrian's presence.
Cars

Uber is about to restart self-driving car tests but on a reduced scale

Uber is reported to be on the verge of restarting its autonomous-car test program. The company halted it in March 2018 following a fatal accident involving one of its vehicles, but its cars could be back on the road within weeks.
Cars

Bosch is developing a Rosetta Stone for autonomous and connected cars

Bosch and start-up Veniam want to create a common language that autonomous and connected cars can use. The two firms have developed a connectivity unit that transcends the national boundaries of technology.
Cars

Aston Martin bets classic car owners will choose volts over carburetors

Aston Martin has converted one of its most sought-after classic models to run on electricity instead of gasoline. The roadster uses electric components sourced from the upcoming Rapide E sedan.
Cars

Volkswagen may be planning a tougher challenge for its all-electric I.D. R

The Volkswagen I.D. R electric race car may head to the Nürburgring in 2019 for a lap-record attempt, according to a new report. Volkswagen will reportedly aim to set the quickest lap time ever by an electric car.
Cars

600-hp, $155K Polestar 1 is the alluring Volvo coupe you’ve been waiting for

Volvo's return to the coupe segment just took an interesting turn: the model will join the Polestar lineup, and it will get a 600-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Polestar 1 will be built in China starting in 2019.
Cars

The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is the sexiest wagon ever

Aston Martin has revealed new photos of the limited-production Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. The Vanquish Zagato line now includes the Shooting Brake, Coupe, Volante, and Speedster, each with bespoke styling.
Cars

Nissan and Italdesign’s GT-R50 concept will become a $1.1 million reality

The Nissan GT-R50 is a customized sports car built to celebrate the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and design firm Italdesign. Underneath the sleek bodywork sits a 710-horsepower engine fortified with race car components.
Cars

Ford’s new Shelby GT500 Mustang will have 3D-printed brake parts

Ford's new $45 million Advanced Manufacturing Center will focus on emerging technologies, including 3D printing. One of the staff's first jobs is to print parts for the 700-horsepower Shelby GT500 Mustang.
Mobile

Car-branded phones need to make a U-turn if they ever want to impress

Your car and your smartphone are becoming one, yet smartphones branded or co-created by car companies are a problem. We look at the history, some examples of the best and worst, then share hopes for the future.
News

World’s fastest electric race car to display at Petersen Museum

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak race car smashed the all-time record at the hill climb for which it was named. The all-electric VW record-holder will be on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles until February 1, 2019.