The Microlino is a two seats car by Microand the concept is based on the iconic 1955 BMW Isabella.
It has a kerb weight of 450 kg, a range of 120 or 215 kilometers (bigger battery) and a maximum speed of 90 km/h, which is more than enough for an urban environment. With just 2.4 meters length, the Microlino is ideal for cross-parking, the front-entrance enables getting out directly on the sidewalk. The selling price is around 12’000 Euros, less than a car, but a bit more than a motorbike. The Microlino can be recharged at any conventional domestic power socket in four hours, with a Type 2 connector in just one hour.
First Design Sketches
On average, a car is only occupied by 1.2 people and drives 35 kilometers per day. This means that normal cars are too big for most of their use! The ideal vehicle for urban use should therefore be a mix between a motorbike and a car.
These types of vehicles, also called bubble cars, were very popular in the 50ies, because people wanted more comfort than on a motorbike but could not afford a real car. With rising living standards the demand decreased and most manufacturers have stopped production of their bubble cars by 1962.
Driven by the vision to create the ideal city vehicle, the first design drafts were made in 2015. The goal was to create a vehicle, which was inspired by the bubble cars from the 50ies, but with modern design and technology. In addition, it should be eco-friendly in production and during usage.
In April 2016 Micro started a Join-Venture with Italian car manufacturer Tazzari. They have more than ten years experience in the development and production of light electric cars (L7e) and have sold a few thousand of their Tazzari ZERO worldwide.They are focusing on all technical aspects of the car and production, while Micro is responsible for the design, marketing and distribution. Production will begin in the second half of 2018 at the Tazzari factory in the heart of the famous Motor Valley in Italy.
The initial focus will be on the European market, but Micro plans to enter other markets soon thereafter by granting licenses to manufacturers, thus allowing assembly and distribution to be organized in the respective countries. This licensing system ensures local jobs, avoids high import duties (e.g. in Brazil) and reduces CO2 emissions as a result of shorter transportation routes.