Micro urban cars keep failing and companies refuse to give up
Navigating the urban landscape involves a lot of driving around trying to find a parking spot. The concept of a micro-urban vehicle has failed over and over again. From the 1964 BMW Isetta to the 1985 Replica Cursor, we can fill a hold junkyard with all the failed product for all the failed microcars.
Microlino is the lastest contester trying to make micro-vehicle happen. We couldn’t help but wonder what made all its microcar brothers fail, and you don’t need to think hard to find the answer.
Since the beginning of the history of automobiles, cars have been more than just a practical tool. Most people would rather buy a beat-up used Honda civic to endure the constant jeering from strangers. Imagine picking up your date in one of these tiny cars. And God forbid if the owner ever has to give more than one person a ride.
But let’s give it a chance and see what the Microlino does.
The two-seat microcar can perform decently. It has a maximum speed of 56 miles per hour and has a range of 125 miles. It would take four hours to charge with a conventional charge socket and just one hour with a Type 2 connector. The car measures at 7.8 feet and weighs under a thousand pounds. It is lighter than the latest smart model and has a slightly longer length.
The next question we ask is who would need this. Microlino sells at $14,000 US, we can’t imagine why would people buy this when they can buy a decent used Honda Civic for cheaper or just pay a little more to get a new Mercedez smart.
If you are interested to use it as a toy car, for the $14,000 price tag, you can get a train of golf carts or ATVs for 10 times the fun of an electric motor.