Revived car-bubble collected 6,500 ordersAugust 24, 2018
Micro Mobility Systems Ltd, run by a family from Switzerland (the brothers Oliver and Merlin Ouboter, and their father Wim), for the first time demonstrated its concept of an electric micro car at the Geneva Motor Show more than two years ago. Their research into the creation of a compact and environmentally friendly city car showed that the average car holds 1.2 people and rides a little over 35 km per day. They suggested that the ideal vehicle would be a car that combines a motorcycle, like the legendary BMW Isetta of the 1950s.
Their initial concept car attracted much attention in Geneva, and now they have confirmed that Microlino will start production in the second half of 2018. Although the first two prototypes were built in China, the brothers cooperated with the Italian manufacturer Tazzari, to produce up to 5,000 units a year. This year it is expected to collect a more modest amount – 100 units.
Nevertheless, 6500 orders have already been confirmed, which indicates a good start for Microlino. The design reflects many features of the original Isetta. And if it had a petrol engine with one cylinder under the hood, then the modern model installed an electric motor and a battery of 8 kW or 14.4 kW. A 20-horsepower engine can accelerate to 48 km / h in five seconds, with a top speed of 90 km / h. The full charge of the battery takes four hours, the power reserve is about 1,267 km.
This is an excellent option for crowded city streets, for which the “bubble” is intended. At a height of 2,438 mm and a width of only 1,524 mm, the Microlino is quietly parked in a standard parking lot. The internal equipment is quite minimalistic, which helped to keep the starting price to about 12 000 euros. Variants of the model will be limited, but the company has confirmed eight funk colors for the body: for example, Amsterdam Orange, Paris Mint and Barcelona Brown.
According to Merlin Ouboter, chief marketing officer, in July this year the mini electric car went through all the necessary European tests and is now legal throughout Europe. It is planned that by September 2018 several ready-to-go models will be released, and then by December the delivery of cars to the Swiss market will begin. Phased production allows to expand supplies to Germany in 2019.