Brian Gale
I always thought it would be India or China that came out with an inexpensive post-pandemic car and play the same roles that the original VW beetles did post World Wat II. I think the Germans are doing it again with this vehicle. I could see that a second-hand model two or three years old will fit into my auto budget just like the original bugs did.
I'm not sure if the range of 50 miles on a 1.4-kW battery pack is accurate. The Arcimoto has a higher top speed (70 MPH) but it achieves 100 miles city range with a 19.2 kWh battery pack and boasts 174 MPGe. At 55 MPH the Arcimoto drops to 66 miles of range. I'm aware the Messerschmitt is smaller and lighter than the Arcimoto but the MPGe figures needed to achieve the listed range would need to be 6.7x higher than the Arcimoto or about 1,166 MPGe. I know there are many electric bicycles capable of over 1,000 MPGe but it would be..challenging in something 500 lbs with a 5,000 watt motor intended to travel at faster than bicycle speeds. Arcimoto acquired Tilting Motor Works with the goal of building "platform 2" which is 150 lbs, 3 kWh, and has a 85 mile range but even that is probably optimistic.
Dan Lewis
I wish they'd pull their heads out and go with 4 wheeler of similar size.
All 3 wheelers are 'pot hole finders'.
Do these vehicles meet U.S. safety regulations (i.e. airbags, seatbelts, etc.)?
@Dan Lewis: So, to deal with the potholes caused by heavier four-wheeled cars, we should all drive heavier four-wheeled cars?

I suggest we all drive the lightest vehicles possible and fix the potholes, instead.
No way am I driving around in that tiny death-trap.
Matty E.
So sad to see such a poor effort from a fine brand like Messerschmitt. Gordon Murray's brilliant T-25, designed using F1 technology, has 4 wheels, seats 3, goes 80mph, gets 80 - 130 mpg, and is both safer and more roadworthy than the KR202. And he said it could be built and sold for $12K apiece.

Once the bar is set this high, you'd think other established car companies would at least try to match it.
Neither the Messerschmitt nor the Microlino thrill me. I wouldn't mind getting the Nimbus Halo, but it has all the hallmarks of being vapor that will never make it to market.
Looks great, a usable toy for sure. Surprised they didn't go for a 250 or 300 scooter motor though.
Ralf Biernacki
I SO want to see Jeremy Clarkson test one.