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The Bubble is Back

New electric Swiss ‘bubble car’ expected to launch in December; 7,200 orders have already been placed for the £10,800 Microlino

 

The Swiss are known for their chocolate and cuckoo clocks but now they might add something new to their roster: cars.

 

Expected to launch in December and limited at first to the Swiss market, the two-seat, electric Microlino is a quadricycle vehicle that pays homage to the design of the BMW Isetta ‘bubble car’.

 

With a supposed 7,200 orders placed already, the Microlino has a top speed of 56 miles per hour and a range of 75 miles. It can be charged using a domestic power socket in four hours and will be manufactured by the Italian company Tazzari EV.

 

Described as priced “less than a car, but a bit more than a motorbike,” the surprisingly spacious Microlino will be sold for £10,800 ($13,700, €12,000 or درهم50,400).

 

Pictured top: The creators of the Microlino, brothers Merlin and Oliver Ouboter, with a prototype of their new vehicle.

 

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The Bubble is Back – £10,800 for minute Microlino electric car – New electric Swiss ‘bubble car’ expected to launch in December; 7,200 orders have already been placed for the £10,800 Microlino. The Bubble is Back – £10,800 for minute Microlino electric car – New electric Swiss ‘bubble car’ expected to launch in December; 7,200 orders have already been placed for the £10,800 Microlino.The Bubble is Back – £10,800 for minute Microlino electric car – New electric Swiss ‘bubble car’ expected to launch in December; 7,200 orders have already been placed for the £10,800 Microlino. The Bubble is Back – £10,800 for minute Microlino electric car – New electric Swiss ‘bubble car’ expected to launch in December; 7,200 orders have already been placed for the £10,800 Microlino.The Bubble is Back – £10,800 for minute Microlino electric car – New electric Swiss ‘bubble car’ expected to launch in December; 7,200 orders have already been placed for the £10,800 Microlino. The Bubble is Back – £10,800 for minute Microlino electric car – New electric Swiss ‘bubble car’ expected to launch in December; 7,200 orders have already been placed for the £10,800 Microlino.

 

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8 comments on “The Bubble is Back”

  1. RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Death trap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stick to writing about Rolls Royces man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This thing needs to be crushed!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’ll kill someone — mark my words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Perfect for urban settings but no good in the countryside. I see the founders’ father is behind the creation of those stupid micro scooters you so hate. He also (which I do approve of) has one of those amazing electric Fisker cars. What a shame they didn’t take off. The one in Harrods was spectacular. Much better than the Tesla and so beautiful.

    1. If you watch the third video, they do mention that this one is a prototype and bigger windscreen wipers will be on the “real” version.

  3. It looks far better than a G-Wiz and much fun than a Smart car. I would very much like one. When will it be available in the UK?

  4. Absolute death traps, I remember a mate of mine had one of these in the early 70’s and we went for a spin in it. I remember vividly taking a corner and having to shift our bottoms to stop the bloody thing tipping over. In this day and age when speed has increased, and vehicles are being fitted with 6 or more airbags. I’m surprised you can even get the things registered, No thanks.

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