Wednesday, April 17, 2024

First Microlino 2.0 prototype is completed and being tested

Micro Mobility Systems presented the Microlino 2.0 in March 2020 and, since then, is developing the electric bubble car. In December last year, the team revealed that it was building a new prototype, and now it says the first Microlino 2.0 prototype is already completed and being tested.

The company has posted a video of the front-opening electric microcar prototype’s first test-drive on its Facebook page. The little zero-emission vehicle will be heavily inspired by the classic BMW Isetta.

According to the company, the structure of the Microlino 2.0 is very different compared to the Microlino 1.0. This new integral body structure made out of pressed steel and aluminum parts allows a higher stiffness and safety without increasing the weight. The new structure safer and has greater rigidity than the tubular frame of the Microlino 1.0.

However, a quick look inside the cabin reveals that there’s still work to be done there, and the lights built into the side mirror housings are shown to be in working order. Also, some key details are still missing, such as an LED light bar at the front and back.

Talking about the technical specification – the Microlino 2.0 will have a maximum speed of 90 km/h (56 mph) and a range of up to 200 km (124 miles), thanks to an optional 14.4 kWh capacity battery. However, it will include an 8 kWh one as standard, which will offer 125 km (77 miles) of autonomy, while its electric motor will have a discrete power of 15 hp and 100 Nm of torque. The vehicle, weighing around 513 kg, takes 4 hours to get charged.

The next plan is to build a second prototype with identical characteristics and to continue developing the vehicle during the testing phase. The second prototype is scheduled to be completed in March, and the idea is to build a total of five prototypes that are built iteratively about one month apart from each other.

For now, Microlino will start the homologation process to get the Microlino street-legal, so that they are ready to produce the vehicles as soon as possible. They hope to receive the approval of the European Union and homologate it in summer.

With a price of 12,000 euros ($14,500) and a range of 200 km, the Microlino 2.0 will probably be in high demand in European cities, especially when compared to Artega Karo.