Microlino shows off production version of tiny electric car
by Micah Toll
September 7, 2021
The four-wheeled electric vehicle lacks side doors and instead has a single large front door that allows occupants to enter directly from the front of the car. A number of color options offer either a two-tone retro charm or a more modern aesthetic.
Unlike the BMW Isetta, the Microlino 2.0 mixes a combination of classic styling with more modern design. It also adopts modern automotive construction principles for increased safety. The company claims that it is the “first vehicle in its class to have automotive-grade unibody construction.”
Over 24,000 people have placed reservations for the little electric car, and founder Wim Ouboter is excited to finally exhibit the production version of the car to the public:
“After several years of development and more challenges than we could have imagined, we are beyond proud to show the series version of the Microlino for the first time.”
The Microlino 2.0 is mainly designed as an urban vehicle. It has a top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph) and a 19 kW (25 hp) motor, meaning it should be plenty peppy for the city. The two-seater also sports 230 liters (8.1 cubic feet) of storage space in the trunk, despite its rather small appearance.
Micro has announced that the Microlino 2.0 will be available in three models at launch: Urban, Dolce, and Competizione. Those three models refer to the size of the battery at 6, 10.5, and 14 kWh, translating to ranges of 95, 175, and 230 km (60, 109, and 143 miles).
Production is scheduled to begin this year in Turin, Italy. The company’s online configurator will launch shortly after the end of the IAA show currently underway in Munich. Micro confirmed that the base price of the car will remain at €12,500 (approximately US $14,800), despite an increase in supply costs for materials, components, and shipping over the last year of development.
Micro expects to begin with a production capacity of around 7,500 vehicles annually, and hopes to increase that volume over time.