Microlino gets EU homologation
The small electric car inspired by the Isetta, which was presented last January by the Swiss company, Micro Mobility, has recently been homologated for European roads. The cute micro car should arrive on the market next year.
It’s small, it’s painted in flashy colours and it is environmentally friendly but most of all, it’s cute. The Microlino is the modern interpretation of the Iso and BMW Isetta from the fifties. Built by Swiss company Micro Mobility, used to produce electric scooters, this small electric car will surely invade city centres all around Europe.
Inspired from the fifties
The Microlino is completely and unashamedly inspired by the Iso Rivolta Isetta, except that here the one-cylinder petrol engine is replaced by a 15 kW electric motor. Putting out 110 Nm of torque, this motor gives the Microlino a top speed of 90 km/h and an acceleration from 0 to 50 km/h in 5 seconds.
The standard battery pack of 8 kWh allows the small car a range of around 120 km, while the bigger pack of 14,4 kWh gives it a range of 215 km. On a normal house socket, the Microlino takes four hours to be fully charged.
Already 4.500 orders
The small 2,4 m long and 1,5 m wide bubble can transport two passengers, while its boot can accommodate around 300 litters of luggage. It’s not very big or practical, but the Microlino is already making an impression. Since its presentation, 4.500 orders have been put up.
Precision still has to be made on its homologation to know if it will require a B driving license. Indeed, in Belgium all small cars limited to 45 km/h and qualified as quadricycle, require a cyclo license and can be driven from the age of 16. For now, judging on the Microlino’s top speed of 90 km/h, it should require a full driving license but future versions could be adapted.
The Microlino is available in seven colours and starts at 12.650 euro. Its production in the Tazzari plant in Imola, Italy, should start at the end of September this year.