The Microlino 2.0, a product of Swiss-Italian collaboration, proudly challenges conventional vehicle design, offering a sustainable, efficient, and compact solution for urban transportation. Despite its small size, the Microlino is a beacon of ingenuity that brings a sense of elegance, practicality, and fun to the world of electric vehicles (EVs).
This quirky EV, with its retro design reminiscent of the BMW Isetta, is more than just a tribute to a classic. Made in Turin, the heart of Italy’s automotive industry, the Microlino 2.0 distinguishes itself with a series of clever innovations and design choices. Its creators ingeniously positioned its door at the front, allowing you to exit directly onto the sidewalk when cross-parked – a feature sure to appeal to urbanites who often struggle with tight parking spaces.
Contrary to initial impressions, the Microlino 2.0 comfortably accommodates two adults, with an additional 230 liters of trunk volume – enough for your weekly groceries or, as Microlino humorously suggests, three crates of beer or champagne, if you prefer.
However, the Microlino 2.0 is not just about convenience; it also boasts a remarkable sustainability profile. Approximately 80% of the parts are locally sourced from Europe, and the vehicle is assembled in a 3,000-square-meter solar-powered facility. The assembly process itself, which includes body shop, paint shop, and the assembly line, is orchestrated by the company’s partner, CECOMP, that has worked with iconic brands like McLaren and Aston Martin.
Performance-wise, the Microlino 2.0 offers three battery options: 6 kWh, 10.5 kWh, and 14 kWh, providing ranges of 95 km, 175 km, and 230 km, respectively. Regardless of the battery size, the vehicle can be fully charged in 4 hours using a standard house socket. It’s as convenient as charging your smartphone – a feature that only enhances its appeal to the environmentally conscious urban commuter.
The car is also a model of efficiency, boasting 50% fewer parts than a regular car. This reduction not only lowers maintenance requirements but also contributes to the vehicle’s overall sustainability profile. With a maximum speed of 90 km/h and a 0-50 km/h acceleration in just 5 seconds, the Microlino 2.0 ensures you’re not left behind in city traffic.
The Microlino 2.0’s sporty side comes from its lightweight aluminum body with a reinforced steel door and independent suspension on all four wheels. The performance boost with more powerful and efficient motor and sport mode provides a dynamic driving experience that belies its small size.
The Microlino 2.0 is available in three distinct editions, each designed to cater to different tastes and needs: the Urban, Dolce, and Competizione.
The Urban Edition, starting at 17,990 EUR, offers a minimalist yet beautiful design. It features a coupe roof (upgradeable to sunroof), urban interior and wheels, sport mode, and soft-close mechanism. The available colors are Santorini White and Amsterdam Orange.
The Dolce Edition adds a touch of retro elegance. Starting from 19,990 EUR, it comes with a sunroof, infinity LED light bars, vegan leather steering wheel, and retro colors and chrome accents. Five color choices are available: Zurich Blue, Milano Red, Paris Mint, Amsterdam Orange, Santorini White.
For those who prefer a more futuristic style, the Competizione Edition starts from 21,990 EUR. It boasts matte colors and chrome accents, sunroof, vegan leather steering wheel, and infinity LED light bars. Its interior sports premium fabric and vegan leather materials with the dual-screen dashboard, providing a distinctly modern ambiance. It comes standard with a 177 km range battery but can be upgraded to the largest pack. The color choices for this edition are London Green, Berlin Anthracite, and Gotham Black.
These editions also differ in terms of battery choices and range. The Urban edition comes with a 6kWh battery with 91km of range. The Dolce edition allows for customization with all three battery pack options, ranging from 91km to 230km. The Competizione edition is delivered standard with a 10.5kWh battery pack offering a 177km range but can be upgraded to the largest battery pack.
Notably, the Microlino 2.0 employs automotive unibody structure – the first in its class – that enhances safety and driving behavior compared to the tubular frame of other vehicles in its class. Additionally, the electric powertrain provides zero emissions and 65% lower energy consumption, reflecting Microlino’s commitment to sustainable mobility.
The Microlino 2.0 is also no slouch when it comes to comfort features. A sunroof, standard in the Dolce and Competizione editions, promises open-air driving fun. Furthermore, its new front door can be opened with the push of a button, featuring a soft-close mechanism that ensures smooth closing.
Finally, let’s not forget the visual appeal of the Microlino 2.0. With its unique design and vibrant color options, this car is sure to make heads turn wherever it goes. From the infinity LED light bars that extend across the tailgate and rear bumper to the premium fabric and vegan leather interior materials, every detail reflects careful thought and meticulous execution.
In conclusion, the Microlino 2.0 is more than just a microcar; it is a statement of efficient, sustainable, and enjoyable urban mobility. With its unique combination of practicality, performance, and charm, it truly stands out as an innovative solution for the congested urban landscapes of today. As we venture into an increasingly eco-conscious future, Microlino 2.0 demonstrates that the path to sustainability can also be fun and stylish.