An obscurity of the past is coming back to take a stab at an electric market as the classic BMW Isetta (popularized by TV character Steve Urkel) is being resurrected by Micro Mobility Systems in a package that’s perfectly suited for the company’s namesake – but is it suited to survive the modern car market today?
According to Micro-Mobility, it’s called the Microlino and the first pre-production model has rolled off assembly lines and been “fired” up for the first time. This is a big development step for any pre-production car; it means that it no longer consists of prototype hardware but production parts that will be outfitted on subsequent models that roll through the line. Essentially, this is the first street-legal Microlino to date and the company couldn’t be more proud as they bravely approach the release date with beaming confidence.
That confidence is due, in part, to the 8,000 pre-order mark that has been surpassed as of September, making it highly successful compared to the release dates of many other popular EVs. Micro Mobility Systems told Electrek “the goal was to create a vehicle which was inspired by the bubble cars from the 50’s – but with modern design and technology. In addition, it should be eco-friendly in production and during usage.”
Although the Microlino has much to offer an environmentally-conscious market, the lack of practicality that hampered many previous attempts at super-micro mobility makes no consolations for the Micro; despite the initial excitement ramping up to its release, time will tell if the car is worth its weight in Euros once the market has a few months to digest it.
The challenges facing the successful release of the Microlino have thwarted many up-and-coming innovators in the past — and the company must find a way to counter the lack of utility and comfort over distances; the only people who would really be interested in something like this are people expressly limited to the confines of a dense, urban environment and are looking for the highest levels of economy. Pricing for the Microlinos will fall somewhere between the cost of a motorcycle and a small automobile.