After Micro Mobility Systems announced in January that it would be developing its Microlino to series production readiness together with the Italian company CECOMP, the Swiss company will present the visually and technically revised Microlino 2.0 at the Geneva Motor Show.
Following the out-of-court settlement with Artega and TMI announced in January in the case of the Microlino clone Karolino, which is now being sold as the Karo-Isetta, Micro Mobility had already announced the Microlino 2.0. The model is supposed to have “a driving performance that is worlds better, better ergonomics, better reparability” and also be “producible in high volumes”, said Merlin Ouboter of the Micro Mobility founding family.
Now the company is providing some more details. Among other things, the better handling is to be achieved with a new steering system: “The steering column is now fixed and does not fold forward anymore when opening the door, which greatly improves the safety and steering behaviour,” Micro Mobility writes in a press release. In addition, the rear axle has been widened, which the company says improves stability.
The electric motor has been changed in the drive system, which is now supposed to have “noticeably” more power and also be more efficient than the old version, but the Swiss company has not released the vehicle’s performance data. The interior of the Microlino 2.0 is supposed to be “roomier and more ergonomic”, and a narrower A-pillar is supposed to improve the all-round view for the driver.
Despite the new engine, Micro Mobility states that “the basic technical data as well as the range of up to 200 kilometres and the price of 12,000 euros” should not change. Production at CECOMP is scheduled to start in 2021.
The 17,000 pre-orderers are also expected to help decide exactly what the car will look like then, or have already done so – in an online survey, those with pre-orders were able to choose between different designs. “It has always been important for us to be able to integrate the Microlino community as much as possible into the development process. With the Microlino 2.0 we want to do this much more consistently than ever before,” says Oliver Ouboter. “Reservation holders will continue to have a say in the future – for example, when choosing wheel rims and seat covers,” Ouboter continues. According to the pictures, the Microlino has departed from its previous retro design; for example, the continuous rear lights make the vehicle appear more modern.
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Micro Mobility developing three-wheeled electric scooter
In addition to the Microlino 2.0, the company plans to present the Microletta, a three-wheeled electric scooter, in Geneva. The two front wheels are intended to provide stability when cornering, and the mechanism should also be able to lock in place when the scooter is at a standstill – so that the driver does not have to put their feet on the ground at traffic lights, for example. In Europe, the Microletta is to be classified as a tricycle, so the vehicle can also be driven without a motorcycle driving licence. Micro Mobility’s top speed is 80 km/h, and its range is up to 100 kilometers. The battery is to be replaceable and can be charged at a household socket.
With the new model, the company is attempting to “close the gap” between electric scooters and the Microlino. Non-binding reservations are already being accepted, the purchase price is 4,900 euros. However, it remains to be seen when the Microletta will be launched on the market: Micro Mobility says they want to first concentrate on the start of production of the Microlino and therefore have not yet provided any information on a planned start of production – the Microletta is therefore not expected to be launched this year.
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