We thought for a while that the cute Microlino, who made us fall in love with the shows, would never see the light of day. This project for a small urban electric vehicle seems to be finally on the right track to succeed. The first deliveries are now scheduled for the end of 2022.
The Microlino prototype was first discovered in 2018 at the Geneva Motor Show. Then the project took a turn for the worse. Delays began to pile up and the partner, who was originally supposed to produce the vehicle, eventually backed out of the project. While the brand was without a factory to manufacture its electric vehicle, the team took this opportunity to rethink the concept and find a new partner for its manufacture. In the end, Microlino 2.0 is even more promising than version 1.0 that never saw the light of day.
Even before the official launch, which took place on May 24, the brand already had more than 30,000 reservations for its Microlino. Apparently we’re not the only ones succumbing to the charm of this reincarnation of the 1950s BMW Isetta. But what do we know about this vehicle?
Various versions of Microlino
If the design remains the same, this new version 2.0 of the Microlino has evolved a lot in the structure of its frame. While the first version was based on a tubular frame, we now find a monocoque frame, as can be produced by Tesla factories. This offers greater security to the model and, above all, greater longevity. One thing is for sure, the brand failed to touch its unique front door, which makes this vehicle so special.
To get an idea of the size of this car, know that it is only 2.52 m long, 1.47 m wide and 1.50 m high. The vehicle belongs to the category of motorized quadricycles, it is limited to 90 km/h. Unlike the Citroën AMI, which is intended for an audience that travels without a B license, and which is limited to 45 km/h, this Microlino offers a little more versatility.
The Microlino will be available in a variety of finishes and with different battery sizes. The Urban finish will be the brand’s entry level with two colors in the catalogue. This model will be equipped with the smallest 6 kWh battery that should offer up to 91 km of autonomy. This finish will be the last to go into production. It will not be available until mid-2023.
the version sweet will offer the widest choice with 5 colors available and 3 battery sizes to choose from: 6, 10.5 or 14 kWh. The larger battery will be able to offer up to 230 km of autonomy. But the heart of the range will be delivered above all with the 10.5 kWh battery that already offers 177 km of autonomy.
The medium battery will also be the basic battery of the Competizione versions with its 3 matte colors, with the option of taking the large battery.
This 10.5 kWh battery will also be that of the launch version called Pioneer. A limited series of 999 numbered copies that will be delivered primarily to Microlino buyers. They will have high quality equipment for this type of vehicle with: sunroof, vegetable leather and alcantara interior, portable Bluetooth speakers that connect to your phone…
An even more exclusive option at €1,999
The launch model comes with a surprising option to say the least. For €1,999, you can join the “Clube dos Pioneiros”. This membership, reserved for customers of the first editions, should offer several advantages to unite a community of buyers around the brand:
- Priority delivery of Microlino (and Microletta) orders,
- the visit to the factory, including the possibility of participating in the assembly of the vehicles,
- event invitations for pioneer members,
- free vehicle checks by traveling technicians (Flying Doctor),
- discounts on all current and future accessories,
- special offers of special services.
After the first year, club membership renewal costs just €1,000/year.
As you may have already noticed, even if we don’t have the prices of this Microlino yet, we will be very, very far from the affordable price of a Citroën AMI. The brand is targeting a high-end clientele while assuming that this vehicle can meet 95% of daily urban travel needs for a larger number.
Marketing that will start in 2023 for France
It is our Swiss neighbors who will be able to order Microlino as a priority – it has to be said that the company is… Switzerland. Sales will quickly be extended to Germany. For other European countries, you will have to wait until 2023.
With any luck, we should discover the first Microlinos in France before the end of 2023. The brand’s main challenge will be to increase the pace of its production tool. Microlino expects 1,500 models by the end of the year. It will take a lot longer to satisfy the booking craze for the model.