Steve Urkel’s diminutive updated BMW Isetta car, Microlino, has been restored as an electric vehicle once again. Switzerland’s Micro Mobility Systems is coming up with the fully electronic Microlino which will sell the 880-pound personal vehicle for between $9,000 and $13,500 and hopes to remake urban mobility.
It is a 15-kilowatt electric motor that will bury the needle at an exhilarating 62 MPH, and its current 11-kWhlithium ion battery will go between 60 to 75 miles on a charge. The company has planned to start its production by 2018. So, you still have to wait a bit longer.
In 2008, rumors swirled that BMW planned to resurrect the Isetta as an EV, a plan the Germans eventually dropped in favor of flashier electric projects like i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. Micro, better known for producing electric scooters, is not impressed by that choice.
It is not a car – the company insists in its sales materials. It is a handy slogan that conveys the Microlino’s sense of mission along with a dose of indemnity. The revamped Isetta is classified as a quadricycle, so is not subject to the same strict safety standards that apply to actual cars.
This car is definitely not for you if you already have a car in your garage. It will not be useful if you are looking for something to compete with that electric corvette at the stoplight. Thus, if you can manage to have an alternative, go for it.