Microlino: the small low cost electric car is finally there!, Microlino launched in France, but its price is dissuasive

Microlino launched in France, but its price is dissuasive

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Microlino: the small low cost electric car is finally there !

Appeared in 2018 at the Geneva Automobile Fair, Microlino finally becomes reality. After numerous setbacks to find a partner to start manufacturing and an official presentation organized at the end of May, the Swiss manufacturer has just launched its online configurator.

From 90 to 230 km of autonomy

More powerful and therefore more versatile than the little Citroën Ami, the Microlino has a 12 kW electric motor (19 kW in crest). Approved in the category of heavy quadricycles, it allows up to 90 km/h maximum speed. 6, 10.5 or 14 kWh… Three battery sizes are offered for a range varying from 91 to 230 km with a load.

Battery Autonomy
6 kWh 91 km
10.5 kWh 177 km
14 kWh 230 km

Batteries, colors, finishes … pretty well done, the online configurator of the Microlino allows you to create the vehicle of your dreams.

A basic version of less than 15,000 €

Limited series numbered to 999 copies, the Pioneer Series version will be the first to get out of production lines with deliveries announced this summer. Equipped with the 10.5 kWh intermediate battery and available in two specific colors, it incorporates many exclusive equipment, including vegan upholstery. Its base price is displayed at € 20,990.

Considered the entry -level, the Microlino Urban is available in two colors and will be equipped with a small 6 kWh battery allowing up to 91 km of autonomy with a load. It will be the cheapest microlino with an out -of -option price announced at less than € 15,000.

In the heart of the range, we find the Dolce finish With five colors available and three battery sizes: 6, 10.5 or 14 kWh. With the small battery, the basic version is displayed at € 16,580. It will then be necessary to pay € 1,900 for the intermediate pack, or € 18,570 in total, and € 3,500 for the big battery (€ 20,080).

On the top of the range arrives the version Competizione With two choices of batteries (10.5 or 14 kWh) and a higher level of equipment. Depending on the battery chosen, the price ranges between 18,590 and 20,090 €.

Version Battery Price excluding options Delivery date
Pioneer Edition 10.5 kWh € 20,990 Summer 2022
Urban 6 kWh 14,990 € Spring 2023
Dolce 6 -10.5 -14 kWh 16 390-20 080 € At the end of 2022/early 2023
Competizione 10.5-14 kWh 18,590-20 090 € At the end of 2022/early 2023

Microlino launched in France, but its price is dissuasive

The BMW Isetta has been emulated

Microlino (Switzerland) arrives in France, declined in several versions. But the price is so high that it should remain a niche product.

BMW ISETTA has given ideas to a lot of people in Europe in recent years. On the one hand, the German manufacturer Electricbrands who has produced the Evetta for some time already. On the other, the small Swiss brand Microlino AG which produces the eponymous cart. Between the two, a legal showdown which will ultimately have led to a status quo: the two companies can each market their product, one having simply had to leave the “advance” to the other. Microlino has formalized distributors who will market the cart in France: Bauer Paris, Jean Lain Mobilités and Groupe CLG Motors. Everyone will take care of a region: Ile-de-France, Auvergne Rhône Alpes and Cote d’Azur. The objective would be to produce up to 10,000 microlino per year, in Italy, where the quadricycle is assembled.

More expensive than expected

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Last year, Microlino had in fact already opened orders in France, but without confirming the distribution network or the importer. In the meantime, there was a change since the entry ticket went from € 14,990 to € 17,990. The reason ? The cost of raw materials and parts that have exploded in the meantime. In any case, this is the official version.

There are now four levels of finish: Urban, Dolce, Competizione and Pionner Series, which was to be only a limited edition. The prices are as follows: € 17,990, € 19,990, € 21,990 and € 22,990 to pioneer Series. Three battery levels are offered: 6 kWh, imposed on the first level of finish, 10.5 kWh and 14 kWh, giving the right to 230 km of autonomy according to the approval cycle. The engine develops 17 hp. Note that this microlino is not a competitor of the Citroën Ami since its maximum speed is fixed at 90 km/h, which will offer it a much higher field of action. But Microlino has already planned an L6 version which will come to compete directly the Stellantis triplet. We will then have Microlino against Topolino ! Hopefully, however, that it will be created at darker prices as this 90 km/h version as expensive as Dacia Spring.

The 17 hp and 14 kWh will be sufficient for the city, but beyond, it could be fair

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Microlino will be sold in 3 regions of France, to start

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Microlino is finally on sale in France, but at a very Swiss rate !

Microcar, heavy motor quadricycle, depending on the region, the nomenclature and the legislation is not the same for the microlino, this small electric cart that recalls the BMW ISETTA of the 1950s.

Microlino is finally on sale in France, but at a very Swiss price!

If the number may still seem light, The 1000th copy recently released Turin factories. Created in Switzerland by the company Micro, the production of Microlino has proven to be more complex than expected for this specialized company originally in scooters.

Microlino is finally on sale in France

Now configurable on the French site, so we finally know all the prices of the microlino !

Microlino is finally on sale in France, but at a very Swiss price!

The first model starts at € 17,990 in Urban finish with a 6 kWh pack and 91 km of autonomy.

For € 19,990, the Dolce finish Bring roofing, LED bar and larger batteries (10.5 and 14.4 kWh) for a range of 91/177/230 km.

Finally, Competizione (10.5 kWh) and Pioneer Series (177 km, 14.4 kWh) versions) are displayed respectively at € 21,990 and € 22,990.

Microlino is finally on sale in France, but at a very Swiss price!

Obviously, These prices may make the car difficult to competitive Faced with the Citroën Friend and a few Italian rivals. Because at more than € 20,000, there are Dacia Spring (€ 20,800) or the MG4 (~ € 22,000), with the maximum bonus and a real car.

Ideal electric city car

In Europe, it would require a B1 permit (L7/16 years) to take the wheel, unlike the friend who can be driven from 14 years old.

Microlino is finally on sale in France, but at a very Swiss price!

Even more ironic, the Swiss allow to use microlino on a highway, While in France, she will have to confine herself to national. It must be said that the technical sheet is a little more bewildered than the little Citroën:

• 12 kW engine (19 kW in crest).
• Battery: 6, 10.5 or 14 kWh
• WLTP autonomy: 91, 177 and 230km
• Weight: 496kg, 513 and 530kg
• Vmax: 90 km/h
• 0 to 50 in 5s
• 89nm of torque
• PTC 1.8kW heating

A real urban solution

At a time when we are trying to sell us electric city cars at more than € 20/30,000, whose autonomy does not really allow you to get out of large agglomerations, these small compact, light and inexpensive vehicles are alternatives much more interesting for the unclogging of urban centers.

During our Microlino test, We have regretted only one thing, that it does not offer 3 or 4 places ! Indeed, it is limited (like the friend) to two people but offers a large trunk, for the category.

Microlino is finally on sale in France, but at a very Swiss price!

For the rest, with a micro-batterie that recharges on a simple electrical outlet, It displays consumption that would make the best Tesla blush ! And that is also its little secret: with a light weight, a small battery and a limited engine in power, it is very profitable on a daily basis and there is practically no maintenance.

This summer, the manufacturer should launch Several variations that we really can’t wait to test !

Microlino is still a little expensive but if production is growing, the price could go down and get closer to the friend (less than 10,000 €)

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