The Microlino was developed by the Swiss company Micro Mobility Systems.
While Microlino might be a new company, its first-ever EV will look familiar, due to the fact that the styling was inspired by BMW's Isetta from back in the 1950s.
Just like the original Isetta, it has space for two occupants, uses one large front-opening door, but replaces the old 300cc engine with an all-electric powertrain.
Something that's rather important in a car no bigger than a quad bike.
This little EV is powered by an electric motor that makes just 11kW and 100Nm of torque. This allows it to hit 50km/h in five seconds before topping out at 90km/h.
The standard 8kWh battery provides a range of around 125km, but an optional 14.4kWh one extends that to 200km.
The car was recently approved for street-legal status in Europe.
Despite its small size, the Microlino still packs surprisingly decent specs.
The little bubble car’s top speed is 90 km/h (56 mph) and range is estimated at 125-200 km (78-125 mi) with either an 8 kWh or 14.4 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack. Considering that the top speed places the Microlino more in the city-driving category, that range is likely plenty for most, even on the smaller battery pack.
Power is supplied by a 15 kW (20 hp) motor that provides 110 Nm (81 lb-ft) of torque. While acceleration won’t be quite like a Tesla, it can still provide a 0-50 km/h (32 mph) time of 5 seconds. Not thrilling, but good enough for city driving.
n terms of usability – no one is going to call this a super practical car. If you need to drive 5 kids to soccer practice, you’re not going to grab your Microlino keys. But for two people getting around the city in style, this car is awesome. I’d call it about as practical as any two-seater sports car – perhaps even more practical for urban driving. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than a sports car.
And if the old adage of car size being used by men to compensate is true, well then the Microlino might be the only wingman you ever need.