Sparrow, the incredible single passenger, 3-wheeled, electric vehicle that helped usher in the electric car industry is back!
Yes, Sparrow II, the latest rendition of the original Sparrow is under development at Sparrow Motors Inc. The company reformed in 2010 and began work on the prototype that currently features state of the art technology such as AC drive, Lithium Ion batteries, electronic interfacing and more. It still parks, registers and insures as motorcycle yet everything about driving it is just like a car.
concept drawing interior
The Necessity of Change
We believe that single passenger transportation is a much needed addition to the global transportation model. SMI continues to present a vehicle that addresses this need. 93% of all driving in the US is done single passenger and in most instances with a vehicle that weights 3 – 5000 pounds! Think of the energy needed to transport just the vehicle alone, not the passenger. With the Sparrow, a 1000-pound ZEV the energy needed is far less than even other ZEV’s.
With its small footprint in the urban environment (4-1 ratio in the average parking spot) and motorcycle qualification parking, its freeway capability and HOV lane access, it is the ideal commuter vehicle, all with greater reduced energy consumption. As strong advocates for sustainability and good stewardship of our planet the Sparrow is our contribution to support these goals.
Body Part Molding
Our campaign is seeking assistance in finalizing the current development phase of the prototype. With the drive chain designed and the chassis to install it we are prepared to begin the next phase that entails the molding and production of the body parts.
The images below show the evolution of a single body part going from the model to the mold. Once the mold is completed production can begin on that individual body part.
primer placed on the model in preparation for mold release
mold release applied
removed and ready to be finalized to make the first part
Once all the necessary molds have been made, parts are produced and the assembly of vehicles begins.
The process above is applied to each of the body parts needed to assemble the complete vehicle. With your assistance in completing this phase the unique three-wheeled, single passenger, ZEV, Sparrow II will come to be!
For those of you who have taken the time to review our campaign, you are now aware of the need for single passenger transportation and Sparrow II’s ability to fill that need, spread the word. Thank you!