Micro attended the IAA Mobility trade show in Munich, Germany to publicly reveal the series-production version of the company’s Microlino 2.0 electric mini-car.
Regarded as a quadricycle in Europe, the Microlino 2.0 takes on a design similar to the BMW Isetta.
Four-wheeled electric vehicles do not have side doors and instead have a large front door that allows direct entry from the front of the car. The many color options offer either a two-tone retro charm or a more modern aesthetic.
Unlike the BMW Isetta, the Microlino 2.0 blends classic styling with a more modern design. It also adopts modern automotive manufacturing principles for enhanced safety. The company claims that it is “the first vehicle in its class to manufacture an automotive-grade unibody.”
Micro is now planning production after essentially ending the regulatory approval process that would allow them to sell the Microlino 2.0 for use on public roads in Europe.
More than 24,000 people have made reservations for the small electric car, and founder Wim Oberter is excited to finally show the production version of the car to the public:
“After many 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 primarily designed as an urban vehicle. It has a top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph) and a 19 kW (25 hp) motor, which means it should be pretty peppy for the city.
Despite looking small, the two-seater sports 230 liters (8.1 cubic feet) of storage space in the trunk.
Micro has announced that the Microlino 2.0 will be available in three models at launch: Urban, Dolce and Competition. Those three models refer to battery sizes at 6, 10.5, and 14 kWh, which translate to ranges of 95, 175, and 230 km (60, 109, and 143 mi).
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 car would have a base price of €12,500 (approximately US$14,800) in the final year of development, despite an increase in supply costs for materials, components and shipping.
Micro expects to start out with a production capacity of about 7,500 vehicles annually, and expects to increase that volume over time.
Apart from the Microlino 2.0, the company is showing the Microletta electric scooter for the first time.
The scooter has two front wheels and tilts in turn, providing a similar riding experience to a two-wheeler, yet with the added stability of a three-wheeler.
The Microletta is just a design concept at this point, but it could become a fully fledged product once the company opens up more bandwidth for production development.
With the scooter having a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) and a range of 100 km (62 mi), it is no surprise that over 5,000 people have already signed up to reserve the scooter. taken, should it be put into production.
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