The Swiss company Micro Mobility Systems has prepared a new version of the city car Microlino. The previous generation did not seem to meet safety standards and customer requirements.
Microlino got several major updates. The chassis got stamped parts made of steel and aluminum instead of a tubular frame. The suspension is now fully independent. The rear track is extended by 50% for safety and comfort. The asynchronous electric motor is replaced by a synchronous permanent magnet, which is why efficiency has increased by about 15%. The engine develops “significantly greater power” (not specified). Battery type has changed: NMC has supplanted LFP.
In September 2019, Peter Muller, who previously worked at Porsche, BMW and Chery was hired as Microlino’s Technical Director specifically to upgrade the model. However, the market debut of the electric car is delayed not only for this reason. The German Artega company played a role. It bought the Italian company Tazzari, who took over the production of Microlino, and decided to produce a city car without the participation of the Swiss, renaming the model in Karolino (later the name was changed to Karo-Isetta and Karo).
It is clear that Micro Mobility Systems was outraged and sued Artega. The conflic ended in November 2019 with a pre-trial settlement: Micro and Artega agreed that there would be enough space for two bubble cars in the market.
“Microlino 2.0, as we call it internally, will be many times better than the current version. Significantly improved driving performance, ergonomics, maintainability, increased efficiency,” said Merlin Ouboter, one of the creators of the city car.
The interior is a revolution. The steering column is now fixed and is no longer connected to the door. The seat has become more comfortable and ergonomic. All information for the driver is displayed on a digital instrument panel.
Pre-orders for the microcar made more than 17,000 people. They formed the “Microlino community,” which through online polls decides the fate of the model. So, the design was approved by voting. In the future, the “community” will take part in the selection of rims, seat covers and so on.
Microlino production starts in 2021 at the facilities of the Italian company Cecomp. The creators promise that two things will remain unchanged – the range of up to 200 km and the base price of 12,000 euros.