Micro Mobility has unveiled the new Microlino 2.0 electric mini car and Microletta electric scooter officially in a private event after the 2020 Geneva Motor Show got cancelled.
Micro Mobility decided to change the design of the Microlino even before it went on sale because the company wanted to improve the safety and comfort of the car. Hence, Microlino 2.0 took shape with inputs from the customers who had pre-booked the mini-car.
Microlino 2.0 gets an all-new chassis that is not made with a tubular frame but built with pressed steel, improving the stiffness and safety. The body parts of the car are now built with aluminium and steel, with the plastic usage limited to only the front and rear bumpers. The Microlino 2.0 now gets independent suspension at both the front and rear. For this, the rear track has been increased by 50 per cent and the e-motor, which earlier resided in the rear axle, now sits in the chassis thus reducing the unsprung masses and also improves the driving comfort.
The e-motor itself is a new one, which is now a synchronous motor with permanent magnets that improves the efficiency by 15 per cent, meaning either the range can be improved or the battery size can be reduced. The battery chemistry of the cells has also been changed from LFP (Li-phosphate) to NMC (Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt), which has more power density resulting in the same battery with less volume and lesser weight. This has also enabled the company to have the battery under the floor instead of in the cabin.
The exterior design has also been completely revised. To the front, the lines have been smoothened and there’s a new LED light bar in the front with integrated turn indicators, while the headlamps are placed on either side of the door. The steering column is now fixed to the car and not connected to the car’s door anymore. The seats also have been redesigned for better comfort and ergonomics and there’s ambient lighting too. The interiors have been made more spacious as many components have been removed leaving only the rigid frame and panels. There’s a digital display in place of the instrument cluster and the dashboard has a clean layout.
The company has stated that despite the changes in design and the updates, the base price of the Microlino 2.0 will remain unchanged at 12,000 Euros and the mini electric car is expected to be launched in 2021.
Microletta three-wheeled electric scooter
Microletta scooter gets two-wheels at the front, essentially making it a three-wheeler. This means that the speed restriction of 45 km/h for driving without a license doesn’t apply here. The Microletta has a top speed of 80 km/h and can be driven with a car driving license, making it easier for gasoline vehicle users to switch to Microletta without any hassle. The three wheels also add to the safety and the front two wheels of the Microletta can also be locked for their tilting to let the scooter stand on its own when you stop it in traffic.
Microletta gets an LED headlamp that is integrated with the handlebar and an all-digital instrument cluster. The dual batteries that power the scooter are placed beneath the seat and there is also space to store a helmet or other carry-around. The batteries can be charged in four hours and offer a range of 100 km per charge. The scooter also gets LED tail light with integrated turn indicators. The platform also has a mandatory foot braking pedal but if you are not comfortable with that, there is also a braking lever in the handlebar. The digital instrument cluster displays information like speed, navigation, battery status, range and recuperation details. There’s also an app that you can connect with to access the information.
Reservation for Microletta has begun but it is still unclear when the scooter will go into production. The base price for Microletta is fixed at 4,900 Euros.