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.
Despite widespread enthusiasm about the Sparrow, the car has major design flaws. The Sparrow may flip over if turned too fast. A few have caught fire when a brake line shorted out against a battery post. The Kevlar drive belt tends to break. The charging system has a history of failing to shut off properly on completion, destroying the batteries.
Fewer than 300 Sparrows were produced. On March 31, 2003, Corbin Motors filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, 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.
On August 5, 2004, Ohio businessman Dana Myers bought the Sparrow interests from Ron Huch. The new company, Myers Motors, has upgraded the Sparrow, renamed it the MM NmG (No more Gas), and started selling it on October 1, 2005, for $35,000. The price has since been reduced to $24,900.
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