Electric Bubble Car Microlino Begins Second Prototype Testing

The Swiss-made vehicle is the electric version of the Isetta "bubble car" made famous by BMW.
Loukia Papadopoulos

Swiss company Micro Mobility Systems AG has been working on electrifying the Italian-designed Isetta "bubble car" made famous by BMW since 2016. Now, it may be close to revealing a prototype.


Testing to begin soon

The company released a statement that announced they will begin testing soon.

"Despite the challenging times, we are making good progress in the development of the new Microlino 2.0. We have finished the virtual integration of all the technical components into our newly designed chassis, such as the complete drivetrain, the front and rear suspension, the new folding roof, and the lights. Now we need to test what we have on our computers in the real world with prototypes," said Micro Mobility Systems AG's website.

Source: Micro Mobility Systems

This is impressive progress especially in the time of COVID-19. According to the company, Microlino 2.0 already shows a great improvement in handling and comfort compared to Microlino 1.0.

The interiors

The company has also revamped the electric vehicle's interiors.

"We have exciting news for the interior. The design of the dashboard that we have presented in the Microlino 2.0 show car, will make it into the series version. The only difference is that we have decided to replace the switches/buttons on the central bar with a touch display that allows us more flexibility to add new functions," the company announced.

"This means we will now have two displays in the car, one behind the steering wheel as a speedometer and a smaller touch display integrated with the central bar to control functions like the heating, etc," states Micro Mobility Systems AG.

Source: Micro Mobility Systems

Finally, the vehicle will spot the Microlino's signature front and rear LED light bar that will include position light, turning light, and braking light.

Micro Mobility Systems AG  plans to build five prototypes with all the above-mentioned components each developed several weeks after the previous one. The firm aims to start production of the car in 2021 despite COVID-19.

If you want to know more about the Microlino's specs and price range read our article here.