Future of urban mobility
The Microlino is expected to revolutionise urban transport. With two seats, a kerb weight of 450 kg, a range of 100 kilometres and a maximum speed of 100 km/h, the neat electric runabout is made for a new age of mobility. Due to its small size, 40% less parts are required. Inside, the smart phone is the main gadget through which one can control navigation, charge status and music. The selling price is between 10,000 and 12,000 euros, due to it`s small size about 40% of the parts can be spared. The Microlino can be recharged at any conventional domestic power socket in just four hours.
There is no need for 300 hp for daily shopping. The average covered distance is less than 35 kilometres per day and the average speed in urban stop-go traffic is well below 50 km/h. New types of vehicles are therefore required, which take account of this mode of use. Easy mobility with pedestrian protection instead of SUV’s with crash tests! The Microlino with its range of 100 kilometres and a maximum speed of 100 km/h is designed for use on 95% of average trips, unlike conventional cars whose design only considers the remaining 5%.
Current status and outlook
The first working prototype was built in China between August 2015 and January 2016. This was then presented to the public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show. Overall, this generated over 200 million media contacts and more than 500 orders were received within a week. In total, over 1,600 orders have been recorded since February 2016.
Since April 2016, Tazzari has been building the second prototypes, which are as close as possible to series production. The Microlino will be brought to market in close collaboration with the team led by Wim Ouboter. Production of the first 500 vehicles will begin in early 2018. This will initially concentrate on the European market. At a later stage, other countries such as China will then be served. This will be achieved by granting licenses, thus allowing production and distribution to be organised in the respective countries. This ensures more rapid expansion, local jobs and avoids high import duties (e.g. Brazil)