The German company Innovative Mobility Automobile GmbH (IMA) has utilised the expertise of the Finnish company Valmet Automotive in the development of its new electric Colibri car. Designed for business customers and urban commuters, the lightweight one-seater Colibri is powered by a high performance lithium iron phosphate battery and has a range of 110 kilometres.
“We have received invaluable assistance on the technical side, for the analysis of the whole car, and for the possible start of manufacturing,” says IMA’s CEO Thomas delos Santos, in an interview with the Finnish Turun Sanomat newspaper. According to delos Santos, IMA is interested in working even more closely with Valmet Automotive. Colibri is planned to go into production towards the end of 2014 but the place of manufacture is still open.
Finnish automotive expertise
Valmet Automotive is a leading service provider in automotive engineering, vehicle manufacturing, convertible roof systems and related business services. The company’s focus areas of expertise are premium cars, convertibles and electric vehicles.
Many car manufacturers and other companies have made use of the Valmet Automotive’s design and technical expertise. Since 1968, more than 1.1 million cars have been produced at the company’s factory in Uusikaupunki, including models by Saab, Talbot, Opel and Porsche. In September this year, the same factory started the production of Mercedes Benz A-Series cars.
Sources: Turun Sanomat, IMA