A new version of the Italian-made revival of the Isetta bubble car has been unveiled. Called Microlino 2.0, it is a major reworking of the original electric car prototype first seen in 2016.
Revisions include the car’s structure, which is beefed up to meet quality, safety and handling targets. The chassis is now in pressed steel and aluminium, rather than a tubular structure. The rear axle is widened by 50% and is now independently suspended. The revised electric motor is claimed to be more efficient and more powerful, while the batteries are changed for higher energy density items. Extra passenger space has been achieved and narrower A-pillars improves visibility. Other changes include increased height, a steering column no longer connected to the front-opening door, revised seating and a digital dashboard display. The range of 124 miles (200km) and the price of 12,000 euros remain unchanged. Production of the Microlino is scheduled to start in 2021 in collaboration with the Italian company CECOMP.