Microlino 2.0 mini electric car teased, no launch in India yet [Update]

Update – Microlino Instagram has posted two new photographs teasing the 2.0 ahead of the four-wheeler’s world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5. The company will release complete details of the product on Wednesday.

It’s a bike. It’s a car. No it’s the Microlino, a space-saving, two-seater electric car that has been in development since 2015 by Micro Mobility Systems. The company has recently teased a picture of an improved car, called Microlino 2.0, which is expected with minor updates and launch mass-production for the company. The Microlino 2.0 will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show which opens 5 March.

The Microlino 2.0 is expected to retain the core design and specifications of the first version including the door that opens from the front. The electric mini is available in two Lithium-Ion battery capacities – 8 kWh and 14.4 kWh with 125 km and 200 km range respectively. Charging takes four hours with regular chargers and one hour with a Type 1. The power is transferred to the wheels with an 11 kW electric motor and makes a peak torque of 100 Nm. The Microlino has a top speed of 90 km/h and can accelerate from 0 to 50 km/h in five seconds.

The Microlino is a throwback to the 1950s ‘bubble car’ and specifically, the design is inspired by the BMW Isetta. Pictured is the Microlino at the Davos WEF 2020, courtesy the company’s Facebook page.

Micro Mobility announced that it had appointed Peter Müller as its CTO in December 2019. Müller is a former executive from BMW and Porsche and has been responsible for the development of models like the Porsche Boxster, BMW Z4, Z8, X5 and 3 Series.

We want to bring a vehicle on the market that satisfies our high quality and safety requirements. The Microlino must also be engineered to be easily producible in thousands of units per year and completely satisfy customers. For us, it is more important to have a high-quality vehicle on the market than starting production as fast as possible. In the long run, only a well-engineered product will make customers happy, and I am very confident that we can make this happen.

Peter Müller, CTO, Microlino

The Swiss-based e-company was inspired by the bubble cars of the 1950s for the design of Microlino. Micro Mobility collaborated with Swiss university ZHAW for design and specifications and a prototype was built in 2015. The pre-series model was first unveiled in 2018 and production is scheduled to start in 2021 for the European Union.

Microlino in India?

EVW understands that Microlino is focusing on starting production next year to serve EU customers before it looks at a roll-out in the Asian markets.