It will mainly be used to control the heating and the elements that it assists, such as the demisting of the windshield and the rear window. With the small display, Micro-Mobility said it has managed to save space, reduce costs (without physical buttons) and have more flexibility with future improvements to the car.
Magna Car Top Systems has redesigned its folding roof to open with one hand, even when the Microlino 2.0 is in motion. This feature will be optional for entry-level versions of the car and a standard item for more expensive ones.
Much like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the bubble car’s sole door will not have a conventional handle. According to Micro-Mobility, owners will unlock the vehicle, click a button under the right headlight, and the door will pop out enough for them to grab it and open it “seamlessly.” There is another button to pop the door out from the inside, located on the back of the aluminum handlebars.
Regarding the manufacturing process, CECOMP will not take care of it alone. Micro-Mobility has created a joint venture with its Italian partner called Microlino Italia. The new company will be responsible for producing the bubble car and was probably a measure to avoid surprises if CECOMP ends up being sold, for example.
This is what happened with Tazzari, the former partner of Micro-Mobility to produce the Microlino 1.0. The new owner of the Italian company, Artega, has decided that it will also sell a version of the Microlino, which has caused a legal dispute between the companies that has been settled.
Artega now has the Karo, which would be the Microlino 1.0. He will sell his Intro derivative for € 18,483 excluding VAT (€ 21,995 with) and the Edition version for € 15,122, also excluding VAT (€ 17,995 including). It features a plastic body and a tubular frame to support it. Deliveries are expected to start by mid-2021.
The Microlino 2.0 has a base price of $ 12,000 and uses a stamped steel monocoque, similar to most cars. In the gallery above, you can see the side panel stamping mold, which will be made of aluminum.