as quirky as the streets it is destined to drive along, the microlino – a small, electric city car first shown at the 2016 geneva motor showhas passed its last tests and is now legal across european roads. production starts in december 2018 with deliveries in switzerland thereafter, before entering into the german market in 2019.


all images courtesy of micro-mobility

 

 

microlino’s 2.4 meter-long, dual toned design is based upon a BMW ‘isetta’ from 1956. the electrified concept aims to change personal mobility, bringing a max speed of 56 mph and 0 to 31 mph in 5 seconds. it also delivers two different ranges – 126km and 202km – depending whether the small or large battery is installed – 8kW/h and 14.4kW/h respectively.

 

 

taking convenience to the next level, the two-seater car can be recharged at any conventional domestic power socket. furthermore, the front door design ensures that, when cross-parked in cities, the driver and passenger can exit and step straight on to the pavement.

 

 

 

  • Delighted that the Bubble Car has been re-invented and electrified, but – like the Mini and the Cinquecento – it’s too big! Why not make it as small as the original?

    O'Cadhla says:
  • superbe

    ggc says:
  • What happened to car design? We used to have individual, characterful work by designers: we now have stylists instead, and so devoid of originality that all they can do is rework the products of a former age.

    William Grime says:
  • Love it!!! So cool and practical!!! Yes!!!

    beachcomber says:
  • It’s wonderful to se this iconic design return to production with its new electric version, (chargeable from your normal electricity socket. Huge congratulations.

    Jilly Edwards says:
  • I want one!

    Mariana says:
  • Not very practical. You’d need to leave enough space in front of you when parking in order to get out.

    Andy S says:
  • Interesting. The headlights in the video are bigger than those shown in the photos.
    They are too big (in the video — which I presume is he final design) and look a bit “bolted-on”; like they are a compromise.
    Apart from the lights, an interesting design solution. To the person complaining about the size compared to its ’50s inspiration: the average driver size has also increased since the ’50s, so I am guessing this is what is required for usability / marketability these days!

    A.

    Asterion says:
  • Well after looking at new car offerings lately, a retro redo of a bubble car with minimal extras is refreshing.

    andrew A says:
  • this is soooooo like the ISETTA that was sold here in Toronto around 1959. I had one! a great little bug, but horrid in the winder — no heater or insulation and hard to find in the parking lot at the cinema because it was picked up and moved, usually in a planter, by only two people! it was an Italian body and a German BMW motorcycle engine.
    fun, fu, fun!!!!!!

    gary r chapman says:
  • Excellent, practical small electric car. Some of us don’t need a big car and are put off electric cars because they’re too big. After the demise of the Think EV and the Mahindra E20, I was beginning to feel that I’d never be able to drive electric. Now I’m hopeful this car becomes a reality in the UK.

    Paul Phillips says:

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