The spirit of Isetta lives on in the Microlino 2.0 Concept

The transformation to sustainable mobility is giving more nimble start ups the opportunity to showcase solutions for the future, and one such outfit is Swiss-based Micro Mobility Company, who recently debuted the ultra-adorable Microlino 2.0 Concept.

While one could say the concept of the Microlino 2.0 isn’t exactly new – it’s clearly inspired by the Iso Isetta; the original bubble city car made famous by BMW, there’s nothing wrong either in adopting a clever idea from the past and making it work in the modern context.

Like the original Isetta, the Microlino 2.0 seats two adults and has a storage space (220 litres) behind the occupants. But unlike the Isetta, the Microlino has four wheels (independent suspension at both ends) instead of three and is powered by a 15 hp and 100 Nm electric motor driving the rear wheels. Tipping the scales at only 513 kg, the Microlino 2.0 is thus capable of accelerating from idle to 50 km/h in 5 seconds, with top speed of 90 km/h.

When equipped with the 14.4 kWh battery option (the standard capacity is 8kWh), the Microlino 2.0 can travel up to a range of 200 km, after which its lithium-ion battery pack can be topped up within four hours using a house plug. Micro Mobility Company says that they have already accumulated 17,000 pre-orders for the Microlino 2.0 which retails from 12,000 Euros. Production is expected to start in 2021.

The Microlino 2.0 was unveiled alongside a 3-wheel electric scooter called the Microletta Concept, but the latter isn’t confirmed for production.


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