Microlino EV production starts soon

  • Production of Microlino 2.0 is expected to start in March 2022 in Turin, Italy, with the first deliveries expected in April or May.
  • The bubble car will first be marketed in Switzerland, before spreading to other Western European markets.
  • With an estimated range of 143 miles, when equipped with a 14 kWh battery, the Microlino 2.0 could prove to be a popular alternative to other small electric vehicles as well as electric scooters and bikes.

    The bubble-shaped Microlino 2.0 will go into production in a few weeks, despite delays and disruption caused by the pandemic. Micro Mobility Systems has revealed that production will begin in March this year, following the model’s favorable debut at IAA Mobility in Munich last fall.

    The Isetta-style electric vehicle, designed and manufactured by a Swiss company, is expected to be produced in Turin, Italy, and go on sale in Switzerland later this year before wider deployment in Europe. The two-seater will have a 25bhp engine powered by a choice of three batteries, offering capacities of 6, 10.5 and 14 kWh, which should be good for 60, 109 and 143 miles of range, respectively.

    Micro Mobility Systems says it is already producing pre-production samples for testing and process optimization, despite some component shortages. The company expects the first customer samples to be delivered in April or May. The configurator, meanwhile, is expected to go live in February, with the company reporting more than 24,000 bookings in fall 2021.

    “Our goal was to deliver the first vehicles to customers by the end of the year. [2021] but the chaos of the global supply chain affects us like many other automakers, “the company said.” Despite our preparations to order critical parts well in advance, the situation has worsened and is now affecting many people. more and more parts. Now even basic parts like simple connectors for the wiring harness have become scarce and have lead times of up to 50 weeks! “

    The company shared a short video revealing some of the Microlino’s production hardware, including a stamping press and assembly robots.

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    The bubble car will not actually be classified as a car in the EU, but rather as a quadricycle, allowing for more liberal clearance, but its top speed of 56 mph will also keep it off the highways. With a starting price of around $ 14,000, the Microlino 2.0 could be a popular alternative to other low-range EVs and electric scooters, as well as some actual electric cars with similar ranges.

    For example, the longest trim level of 143 miles might eclipse the lineups of some larger EVs like the Mini Cooper SE and Mazda MX-30, but will be much cheaper to buy and use for city driving. , while taking a lot of distance. less parking space than even something relatively small, like a Volkswagen ID. 3. These range figures are unofficial at the moment, but given its modest energy requirements, a small and light vehicle can extend its range beyond larger EVs, even with a smaller battery.

    “The long-awaited online configurator is almost ready and will be launched in February, the first driving tests will follow shortly after,” the company added. “In addition to the three Urban, Dolce and Competizione editions that we have already unveiled, we will present the exclusive limited edition of the first 500 Microlinos ever produced, called the Pioneer Series. “

    Micro Mobility Systems has no plans to offer the Microlino 2.0 in the United States at this time, and given the reception that small power hatches have received, that might seem logical enough. The main constraint for its manufacturer at the moment is the production capacity in Turin, given the demand in Europe. It will be some time before the Microlino is ready for other global markets, more user-friendly for small electric vehicles, with the company prioritizing Western Europe.

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