Tiny 1950s-Inspired Electric Car Can Be Charged in Any Power Outlet

Best Electric Cars

On the historic streets of Europe, a smaller car is better for the quirky cobblestone and narrow passageways. The Microlino, a compact electric car, will soon be another eco-friendly option. It has just passed its last test and is now deemed legal on European roads.

The small vehicle has a design inspired by a Mid-century aesthetic. At nearly 2.4 meters (about eight feet) long, it’s clad in two colors that are a throwback to a 1956 BMW Isetta. It has a bulbous shape with no discernible hood (as opposed to a conventional car) with two lights sticking outward on either side. These choices make the microcar look like an adorable creature is traversing the streets.

The two-seater Microlino is meant as a city car, but its size does not come at the expense of convenience. Depending on your needs as a driver, the car has two battery options that provide traveling ranges of 126 and 202 kilometers (78 and 125 miles). Once you’ve arrived at your destination, both you and your passenger can easily exit the vehicle through the single front door. Charging the car is also a breeze; the Microlino can be repowered at any conventional domestic power socket in just four hours. A Type 2 connector will get you back on the road in an hour.

Production for the Microlino starts in December 2018, and it will be in Germany in 2019. It’s expected to be priced at 12,000 Euros (about 14,000 USD), which is less than you’d pay for a full-sized vehicle.

The Microlino is a compact electric car that's just been declared road-ready for the streets of Europe.

Best Electric Cars

Larger than a motorbike but smaller than a conventional car, it has a convenient feature—it can be repowered at any conventional domestic power socket in just four hours.

Microlino, a Compact Electric Car

Microlino, a Compact Electric Car

Microlino, a Compact Electric Car

Learn more about the car in the video below:

Microlino: Website
h/t: [designboom]

All images via Microlino.

Related Articles:

MINI Created an Electric Model Putting a Sustainable Spin on the Classic Car

Stylish and Affordable Electric Bike Designed for Effortless Daily Commutes

Volkswagen Brings Back the Beloved Microbus as an Electric Vehicle

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
Become a
My Modern Met Member
As a member, you'll join us in our effort to support the arts.
Become a Member
Explore member benefits

Sponsored Content