BMW Isetta all-electric revival slated for production in September

16-06-2021 13:05
After test-driving its Microlino subcompact on city streets (see video), Micro Mobility Systems has updated its appearance and claims this is what the final production version will look like.

After test-driving its Microlino subcompact on city streets (see video), Micro Mobility Systems has updated its appearance and claims this is what the final production version will look like.

The one-door, two-seat EV draws inspiration from the iconic BMW Isetta, a supermini that came out in mid-20th century packing a one-cylinder engine. Its only door is located at the front and lacks handles, but you can use a button near the windshield to get in and a button below the rearview mirror to get out. Slim LED light strips at both ends replace DRLs, turn blinkers and taillights all at once, while conventional headlights are found in side mirror housings.

The new design sports a retractable soft top that will come standard in top trims and as a paid option in lower trim levels.

Inside, there is a large digital dash display and a modest-sized HVAC display, but an infotainment system in the conventional sense is missing. The trunk has 220 liters (7.77 cubic feet) of space.

A single electric motor rated at 15 hp (15 PS / 11 kW) gets the compact urban ride to a top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph). Battery info is not there yet, but we expect two sizes: for 125 km (77.7 miles) and 200 km (124 miles) of range.

Micro Mobility Systems will be building two more prototype cars to pass certification in Europe, and production should begin in September this year. Prices remain unannounced.

Editor Andrew Raspopov
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