Electric kissing ball: Micro shows production version of the Microlino 2.0

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As promised, the Swiss car manufacturer Micro is presenting its fully electric Microlino small car, as it says in version 2.0, at the IAA Mobility in Munich. In addition, the company is now promising that production will start under its own management in Turin this year. After the IAA, the configurator will go live on the micro website, with which interested parties can put together their dream car.

The base price for the two-seater, which is based on the BMW Isetta (nickname Knutschkugel), should be 12,500 as previously estimated. And that although “the costs for raw materials, electronic components and battery cells have increased significantly due to bottlenecks”, as Micro explains. There are already 24,000 reservations, but the production capacity should initially be 7500 vehicles. The vehicles are to be delivered first in Switzerland, then in Germany.

Customers should be able to choose between the three editions Urban, Dolce and Competizione and between battery versions with a range of 95, 175 and 230 km. The current design corresponds to the one that Micro presented in March 2020.

The Microlino should be able to drive a maximum of 90 km / h and come from 0 to 50 km / h in 5 seconds. The nominal power is 12.5 kW, at its peak 19 kW with a torque of 118 Nm. The charging time of the lithium-ion battery should be 3 to 4 hours. The vehicle weighs 435 kg empty and the trunk has a capacity of 230 liters.

The 2.0 version of the Microlino will be presented at the IAA 2021 in Munich.
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Microlino Chief Technology Officer Peter Müller emphasizes that the Microlino will be the first vehicle in its class with a self-supporting body. “This significantly improves rigidity, handling and safety compared to the tubular space frames commonly used in this class.”

Compared to the Microlino 1.0, the top performance has been improved and the energy efficiency increased by 10 percent, explains Micro. The car now has a McPherson independent wheel suspension at the front and rear instead of the push rod suspension at the front and a rigid axle at the rear. The digital displays, the steering wheel mounting, the door opening mechanism and the folding roof have also been revised.


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