Microlino - test prototype and concept
Isetta is an Italian-designed microcar, which under BMW has become a big hit in the post-war Europe. Some even wonders whether the BMW i3 is modern BMW Isetta?
Wonder no more - Isetta could be reborn as the Microlino thanks to Swiss company Micro Mobility Systems.
The Microlino concept has just been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, but it's now officially in the L7e category (Quadricycle).
"This is not a car!"
It's all electric, and according to the company specs, the Microlino can travel up to 100 km/h (62 mph), with a total electric range of 100-120 km (62-75 miles) on a single charge.
Initially, a 500 unit run is planned and apparently the company has a few hundreds reservations in its pocket already. The small production is expected at the end of 2017.
"A first small serial production is planed for the end of 2017. If you can't wait to get your own, make sure to reserve one on our webpage."
"We are still in development of the car and a lot of things have to be checked before the first serial production. But our plan is to start production around 2018."
The price of the Microlino is estimated between €8,000 – 12,000 (so lets assume €10,000). It's not small amount, but there could be market for small iconic EVs of that type.
"It's not a car! It’s a scooter with a roof and therefore belongs to the L7e category like the Renault Twizy but with windows and sitting next instead of behind each other. The L7e category (Quadricycle) uses a normal motorbike number plate and benefits from lower taxes."
"The microlino belongs to the vehicle category L7e so that means by law it doesn`t have to pass any crash tests. But still we have made a crash simulation with 50 km/h and passed it. For the future our goal is to make the microlino as safe as possible."
Microlino concept - This is not a car!
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First steps to the new urban mobility vehicle - the Microlino. The process behind the development of the new city car with its modern design based on the iconic Isetta from 1955. From old to new, Isetta to Microlino!
Rebuild of the Isetta oldtimer and conversion to electric drive for testing purposes.
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Microlino conncept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show