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Microlino electrifies the Isetta “bubble car”

by • March 22, 2016 • No Comments

Swiss company Micro Mobility Systems AG has gone back to the next for inspiration for its Microlino electric vehicle. Revealed in prototype form at the Geneva Motor Show, the Microlino electrifies the Italian-createed Isetta “bubble car” created famous by BMW, which created the vehicle under license of 1955 to 1963.

In light of pint-sized urban vehicles like the smart fortwo and Renault Twizy, the Isetta may be seen as well ahead of its time. Unlike the Twizy, yet, the bubble car shape allows for two passengers to sit side-side in relative comfort.

And despite Urkel driving an Isetta on Family Matters, the create apparently has a retro rad factor with Micro Mobility Systems rapidly filling reservations for the initially 500 Microlinos after the Geneva revealing. There’s no doubt there are a lot of benefits to the Microlino’s small create. Three sitting side-by-side just take up one traditional parking space, and they’re bargain-priced to buy and run.

The EV can have a range of of 100 km (62 mph), and a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) thanks to a 15 kW (20 hp) electric motor, while charging is handled by a regular wall socket and an increated cable drum.

Those figures are much like to the Renault Twizy, a comparison which makes additional sense when you consider how both vehicles are classed and taxed. Technically both are classified as an L7e motorized quadricycle, which means you pay less tax and don’t have to meet the same stringent safety standards as regular cars.

Micro Mobility Systems is aiming to commence the Microlino in early 2018 with a price tag between €8,000 and €10,000 (US$8,950 and $11,200).

Source: Microlino


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