Evetta Openair First Edition: an Isetta in an electric convertible version

A clone of the BMW Isetta and Microlino, the Evetta Openair is a two-seater electric convertible whose styling is furiously similar to the iconic Smart Crossblade. Billed at €33,333, the Evetta Openair First Edition is expensive for its exclusivity.

Remember the Smart Crossblade. Designed by German bodybuilder Binz, it was a Smart convertible in which the roof, the windshield, but also the doors were removed. The latter had been replaced by safety bars that rose forward, while a tinted glass windshield gave the driver and passenger a protective appearance. At the time, the price of the vehicle was just over €25,000.

German electric vehicle manufacturer ElectricBrands, the new owner of Artega that it saved from bankruptcy, seems to want to give Crossblade offspring through the Evetta Openair First Edition. It is a convertible based on the Evetta electric microvehicle, formerly Artega Karo, which is the carbon copy of the Microlino. Special feature of this microcar, it is 100% electric, and access to its frame is from the front (front wheel spacing and rear wheel spacing are not the same).

The Evetta Openair First Edition is a purely urban two-seater electric convertible whose top must be removed completely to enjoy the great outdoors. Access on board is always from the front, while cutouts appear on either side of the occupants. On the engine side, the Evetta Openair First Edition has a battery of 18 kWh, or 4 kWh more than the closed version, the Evetta Prima. As a result, the range is increased to 200 km. On the other hand, no technical information about the electric motor. We can assume that this one should offer a power of 15 kW, like the original Microlino (see below).

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This two-tone convertible comes standard with heating, LED headlights, swiveling chrome mirrors, aluminum rims, USB-C port, single-pedal steering, two driving modes (Eco and Sport) and a built-in speaker.

With funding, it will be possible to add some options. Among them are a sports chassis, a wooden inlay dashboard of a removable Bluetooth speaker, heated leather seats, vegan leather hood, wooden steering wheel, cruise control, wireless starting and locking via an app. , CarPlay, Android Auto and infotainment system compatible with DAB+, induction charging, anti-theft alarm, reversing camera, roll bar and chrome hubcaps…

The cost of this city chip remains. In fact, you will have to pay €33,333 to purchase one of the 999 copies produced and delivered in mid-2023. You can now order online with a deposit of €3,333. The least we can say is that exclusivity is paid!

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The Isetta or the Clone Wars

As we wrote a little above, German manufacturer ElectricBrands has become the new owner of Artega, a former German automaker known for its limited-series GTs. As a result of the Covid crisis, the latter went bankrupt and also found itself in dispute with Swiss Micro Mobility Systems, the first to clone the BMW Isetta. The Microlino was presented in March 2018 at the Geneva Motor Show.

Initially, Micro Mobility Systems granted development and production rights to Italian Tazzari, a specialist in aluminum casting technology and supplying ultra-lightweight components for the automotive and motorcycle sectors. But in late 2018, Artega took over the production rights from Tazzari and announced that the Microlino would be made in Germany.

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In 2019, Micro Mobility Systems accuses Artega of plagiarism. The reason: the Karolino, a carbon copy of the Microlino developed, it seems, behind the back of the Swiss company. At the time, Artega’s managing director, Klaus Frers, refuted the accusations, saying that the Karolino was more than 150 points better than the Microlino.

Micro Mobility Systems is able to ensure that Karolino is not subject to any commercial advertising. However, Artega will be able to present a model, called Karo, at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in September 2019. Subsequently, the two companies will reach an agreement where each will continue to promote its own model (source Insideevs).

As for the “real” Microlino, it will be manufactured and produced by Cecomp, an Italian company created in 1978 and specialized in the manufacture of cars and prototypes. We owe him the Lancia Delta Integrale and the Golf 1, as well as the famous Bolloré Bluecar used by the late Autolib’. The Italian company Cecomp has five production units in Europe.

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