Microlino has reached a significant milestone with the completion of its 1,000th vehicle at its factory in Turin, Italy. Classified as a L7e heavy quadricycle in Europe, it offers a top speed of 56 mph with its 16.8 motor and thus, quite suitable for city rides. With fewer regulations compared to full-size cars, microcar achieves a smaller form factor, lower weight, and a budget-friendly price point. It features high-grade automotive components and construction, including aluminum and steel unibody construction. The increased production rate at the Italian factory means more customers will soon receive their Microlinos.
The production of Microlino, the Swiss electric microcar, has reached a significant milestone as its factory based in Turin, Italy, has completed the manufacturing of its 1,000th vehicle. People still find this 2-seater electric Microcar appealing despite negative opinions. The main purpose of Microlino cars is to replace larger cars in cities by offering a small vehicle taking up only required space nothing more.
The microcar comes with a top speed of around 56 miles (96 kilometers) per hour and a 16.8 horsepower (12.5 kilowatts) motor. Though it is not powerful as other cars, but it can easily handle city rides needed by urban dwellers. It may look like a small 4-wheeled EV but in Europe it is actually classified as L7e heavy quadricycle. Vehicles in this category have fewer regulations compared to full-size cars that allow Microlino to take a quick path on road.
With less regulatory restriction the vehicles achieve a smaller form factor with its less weight. It also offers a lower price point for urban people looking for a budget-friendly electric vehicle that is safer than electric scooters or motorcycles.
Merlin Ouboter, cofounder and CEO of Microlino explained, “Simply said, we need a lot less battery cells per kilometer of range than conventional electric cars, because the vehicle needs a lot less energy to be moved around. Therefore, the energy footprint for the production and usage of a Microlino is only about a third of that of a conventional electric car.”
The company uses high grade automotive components and construction. Plus, it claims to be the first in its category to use aluminum and steel unibody construction for microcars which is the same as full size cars are produced. However, Microlino has a compact design with a single forward-opening door, similar to the classic BMW Isetta bubble car.
The microcar costs around €17,900 which is somewhere between the price of an EV and electric motorcycle. The price is ideal as per the specifications and look. With the increased production pace at the Italian factory, a larger number of customers will finally receive their much-awaited Microlinos.
CEO Ouboter praise the company’s blooming production rate on this occasion, and said, “Yesterday the 1,000th Microlino rolled off our production line in Turin. What a great achievement and a milestone that cannot be replicated that easily by the many big mouths in our industry. Congratulations to the whole team, also for ramping up production from 10 to 20 cars per day in just a few weeks!”
Specifications of Micorlino microcar
Here is a quick glance to the specifications of this cool car.
|Acceleration 5 sec. (0-50 km/h)||Range 95 | 175 | 230km||Curb weight 496 kg (6 kWh); 513 kg (10.5 kWh); 530 Kg (14 kWh)|
|Max. Speed 90 km/h||Battery 6 | 10.5 | 14 kWh||Dimensions Length: 2519mm; Width: 1473mm; Height: 1501mm|
|Max. Torque 89 Nm||Battery type Lithium-Ion (NMC/NCA||Seats 2|
|Power 12.5 kW||Charging power (type 2) 6 kWh battery: 1.35 kW; 10.5 | 14 kWh battery: 2.6 kW||Trunk volume 230 liters|
|Charging time 6 kWh: 4h; 10.5 kWh: 3h; 14 kWh: 4h||Vehicle category L7e|
|Heating included (1.8kW PTC), rear window heating|
Source European Microcars (L7e)