What we’ve learned from the IAA Mobility in Munich so far is that the show’s biggest winners aren’t really cars, but alternative modes of transport.
In this spirit, let’s meet the Microlino 2.0, designed for the urbanites who might want a mini city-vehicle without the hustle of finding (or paying for) a large parking space. And for the suckers for cuteness as well.
Unlike the Isetta, the Microlino 2.0 is powered by electricity. It will come in three models with different battery size and capability: Urban (6kWh battery), Dolce (10.5kWh), and Competizione (14kWh). These three versions will serve projected ranges of 95km, 175km, and 230km, respectively.
In fact, this sounds very impressive for a microcar. For reference, the normal-sized Renault Zoe ZE40 R110 has a 255km range on a single charge.
Despite its tiny size, it has a 25hp motor and a top speed of 90km/h, which is more than one would need for urban driving.
Interestingly, this EV doesn’t have any side doors, but instead has a large front door from which the occupants can enter.
It’s interior is rather minimalistic, but does have a digital instrument panel, and a surprising 220 liter trunk volume.
Production will start this year in Turin, Italy. Microlino aims to launch in the Europe and its base price is $14,500 and the company expects to begin with an annual production capacity of 7,500 vehicles.
So, here’s the big question: while microcars are an increasingly popular choice in China and Japan, could they become the next big “thing” in Europe as well?
My guess is that it’s indeed very possible. People are getting more environmentally conscious, micromobility services are booming, and there’s an increasing demand for reducing traffic congestion in urban centers.
Add these to the relatively low price tag, and the odds are high. Up until now, 24,000 buyers having already placed reservations for a Microlino, a great indication of a new trend.
Do EVs excite your electrons? Do ebikes get your wheels spinning? Do self-driving cars get you all charged up?
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