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Monday, 19 November 2018 22:55

On the Lighter Side: 22 Of The Smallest Vehicles in the World

Written by Christopher McFadden, Interesting Engineering



9. The Renault Twizy is a technically a heavy quadricycle'


Year of first production: 2012


Length (meters): 2.32


Worlds smallest cars Twizy web

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The Renault Twizy is an all-electric micro-car, technically 'heavy quadricycle' originally built as a concept car in 2009. It went into full production in 2012 and is still being built.


Its 6.1 kWh lithium-ion battery provides the tiny vehicle with a range of 100 km on a full charge. During its first year of production, it was the top-selling electric car of 2012.


10. The Corbin Sparrow has some nice lines

Year of first production: 1996


Length (meters): 2.438


Worlds smallest cars Sparrow web

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The Corbin Sparrow, now known as the Myers Motor NmG is a single-seat, three-wheeled, battery-powered all-electric micro-car. It was specifically designed for pottering around the city.


It has a range of between 32 and 64 km, top speed of 112 km/h with a 'fuel efficiency' of 130 W.h/km (equivalent to 162 mpg US). It comes in two variants; the original "Jelly Bean" and "Pizza Butt".


Several of them appeared in the Austin Powers movies.


11. The EIBil Norge Buddy Car

Year of first production: 1991


Length (meters): 2.44


Worlds smallest cars Buddy web

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The EIBil Norge Buddy Car was a Norwegian built electric car. It is the 6th generation for the Kewet and was first produced in 1991. As of 2007 the Buddy and Kewet made up around 20% of all-electric cars in Norway.


During the first five generations, over 1000 electric vehicles were produced. The vehicle was sold in eighteen countries.


12. The Mirai is the world's lowest car

Year of first production: 2010


Length (meters): 2.48



Not to be confused with the much larger Toyota Mirai, the littler Miria was developed by students at the Okayama Sanyo High School. This was an all-electric roadster style little car that stands at no more than 45.2 cm.


It's not only small but rather poky with a top speed of 50 km/h. It has a range of around 80 km per charge at a more sensible speed of 30 km/h.

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