You may soon see these unmistakable little electric runabouts flitting around European cities. The Micro Microlino is tiny, rather rounded and can accommodate two people. The shape and appearance of the Microlino are reminiscent of the legendary 1950s BMW Isetta.
Micro Mobility Systems AG, the Swiss electric scooter company behind the project, has announced that the Microlino has just passed the final tests for EU homologation. That means it is now road-legal in Europe.
The electric car from Switzerland skillfully mixes retro design with modern technology. The Microlino is powered by a 15 kW (20,5 hp) electric motor with a maximum torque of 110 Newton meters. With this power, it accelerates from zero to 50 km/h within five seconds and tops out at 90 km/h.
The range depends on which battery pack you choose: one unit with 8 kWh and a range of up to 120 kilometers and another with 14.4 kWh, which offers a distance of up to 215 kilometers. It takes about one hour (6 kW charging station / eight kWh battery) or two hours (14.4 kWh battery) at the charging station to reach 80% of the battery’s capacity. Sure, it’s no Tesla Rodster when it come to pure acceleration, but it has other merits.
The Microlino weights 450 kilograms and is 2.4 meters long and 1.5 meters wide. In the interior there is space for up to two people on the continuous bench and the trunk has a volume of 300 liters.
Taking convenience one stage further, the two-seater car can be charged up again at any standard domestic power socket. On top of that, the front door design helps to ensure that, anytime one is cross-parked in a dense city neighborhood, the driver and passenger can easily exit and step straight on to the sidewalk.
The company usually produces scooters for children and adults. After seeing a television feature on a 1950s electrified ISO Rivolta, the inventor decided to bring this concept to the present day. In early 2015, the first drafts of the car were made and at the end of the year, the company had completed a first prototype. In March 2016, this was presented at the Geneva Motor Show. Now it is being mass-produced and there are already over 4,600 pre-orders, according to the company. At the beginning of 2018, production of the Microlino will start in collaboration with the Italian electric car manufacturer Tazzari.
The price for this cute electric vehicle is about €12,000. Initial deliveries are scheduled for its home market of Switzerland, followed by sales in Germany beginning in 2019.