Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Microlino 2.0 electric bubble car prototypes begin road testings

In 2018, Micro Mobility Systems unveiled a 100% electric model called Microlino that surprised us for being a modern version of the emblematic BMW Isetta. In 2020, the creators of this particular vehicle showed an updated version with the name of Microlino 2.0, which was scheduled to see the light at the Geneva Motor Show but was not possible.

Now, it is known that the company has already built the first prototype-chassis to test the new drivetrain and a new rear axle. The first tests have already shown a great improvement in the handling and comfort compared to the Microlino 1.0. Besides, the construction of the first complete prototype has started, with which components such as LED light and the folding roof can be tested.

Regarding aesthetics, the Germans have decided to redesign their model in certain sections mainly to improve the safety of the model. For example, this Microlino 2.0 has a completely new structure and a wider rear axle to improve stability, as well as a redesigned front, which allows better visibility and also much more aerodynamic by having some lights directly integrated into the bodywork, as well as the handle to open the only door that it has that, is now hidden.

The design of the dashboard replaces the switches/buttons on the central bar with a touch display.
The design of the dashboard replaces the switches/buttons on the central bar with a touch display. Credit: Micro Mobility Systems

Its rear has also been redesigned and now has a much more modern look, with taillights in the form of a thin horizontal bar that follows the same style as the front. The steering column is fixed on the Microlino 2.0 and no longer folds forward when the door is opened. Besides, the manufacturer is switching to NMC cells, resulting in a slightly smaller battery and more space in the interior.

There will also be an 11 kW electric motor, which is now supposed to have “noticeably” more power and be more efficient than the old version. However, its power is not yet known. We do know that it will receive two types of battery, 8 or 14.4 kWh, which guarantee a range of 125 and 200 kilometers (77 or 124 miles), respectively. As for performance, we only know that it will have a top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph). The vehicle, weighing around 513 kg, takes 4 hours to get charged.

There are expected to be at least five prototypes built before series production begins sometime in 2021 if the road tests go perfectly. The price of this “mini” car starts at €12,000 (more than $14,600).