A PARALLEL WORLD

Monday March 6 2017 / Science & Technology - Art & Design

In the 1950s, a micro-car was launched in Europe by the Italian firm Rivolta. It was called the Iso Isetta and was the original bubble car. The Isetta became the largest selling, single cylinder car in the world, a record it still holds today.

Access to the Isetta for the driver and passenger was via the front door.

The steering wheel and dashboard attached to the door and swung out of the way when getting in and out. In case of an accident, or somebody parking too close in front to open the door, you could also get in and out via the canvas roof.

Thanks to Swiss company Micro Mobility Systems, the spirit of the Isetta lives on in the new Microlino EV. But the Microlino isn't a car, or even a micro-car: it's described as a "mobility system".

The Micolino EV is electric with a predicted range of 120 kilometres and top speed of 100 kilometres per hour. While that may seem short and slow, the average daily drive is less than 60 kilometres at an average speed of 50 kilometres per hour. The Micolino EV should be perfect for a commute or run to the shops and is sure to be easy to park: You can fit three Microlinos in a standard parking space.

Access to the Isetta for the driver and passenger was via the front door. The steering wheel and dashboard attached to the door and swung out of the way when getting in and out. In case of an accident, or somebody parking too close in front to open the door, you could also get in and out via the canvas roof.

And thanks to the high torque of electric motors from low revs, the Microlino EV is even said to be quicker than many petrol powered sports cars . . . quicker over the first 20 metres anyway.

 

 The Microlino EV was launched at the 2016 Geneva Moto Show and the company took thousands of orders. First deliveries are scheduled for 2018 with prices between $9,000 and $13,500.

 For more information, please visit www.microlino.ch/features.

Suggested by
Ian Skellern