Zurich entrepreneur Wim Ouboter invented the microscooter in the 1990’s as a vehicle for “microdistances”. Now he’s hoping to once again alter urban mobility with an electrified version of the classic Isetta “bubble car” as a retro-stylish.
All-weather alternative to a motorcycle. “Reduce to the max is our philosophy and I would say this has a fantastic place in the mobility chain as we call it.”The Microlino is technically not a car (so is not subject to same crash tests), but an L7e motorized quadricycle.
While it tops out at 100 kph, or 62 mph, it’s meant for all those short trips we make within town, what Ouboter argues make up 90% of our auto use.
The original Isetta debuted in the 1950s when BMW wanted to provide an affordable, highly fuel-conscious vehicle for post-war Europe. The original design was created by the Italian company Iso Rivolta who licensed it to six carmakers.