A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
We started with a goal , build an electric car but make it cool, make it that when people see it they smile, but make it fast, and make the interior like a big smartphone ....
Well we did it , we built it. We actually added a few more surprises but we’ll keep those under wraps for now !
Whilst we are passionate about building cars we also have another motive.
Climate change is affecting every person on the planet, the air we breathe is becoming increasingly toxic with every day that passes. Deforestation is happening at a faster rate than any other time in human history. We need to change our ways.
What can we do? ...
The planet needs sustainable zero emissions transport. We have designed a fully electric 3 passenger vehicle. On a full charge the Mikro MM1 has a range of 300 miles and sprints to 60mph in under 4 seconds. Fun whilst saving the planet ...sounds good to me !
The Mikro MM1 is a small vehicle designed for life in the big city , fully connected with touchscreen controls this a car for the modern generation.
- Small removable auxiliary battery for emergency situations
- Unique chassis system allowing for the option of a different body style in the future without having to buy a complete new car
- Small footprint , ideal for large cities with limited space
- 3 seat configuration with a centre drivers seat
- Retractable rear seats for extra storage
Shimie - Team leader / composite engineer. 13 years experience building specialist vehicles ranging from limousines , buses & film props
Andy - Andy is a mechanical engineer who graduated from Queens Universty Belfast in 2003 and has since been involved in several aerospace and automotive projects
Shane - Senior design engineer, graduated in 2004 with an honours degree in mechanical engineering. Has been involved in several product development projects in the aerospace industry
Eamonn - Business strategist with experience of rapid scaling up of high growth companies. 20+ years experience in this field.
In addition to this core team Mikro Automotive has a large pool of key industry advisors including IP specialists & Renewable energy pioneers.
How Kickstarter can help ?
Building cars is expensive ! and for a small company like ourselves every little bit of money counts. This Kickstarter amount added to our existing development fund will help ongoing development and keep us on track for our target launch date. We would love your feedback, if there’s something you’ve always wanted in a car please tell us, when you are driving the Mikro MM1 we want it to be an exciting experience.
What features do you love on your smartphone? We want to take the best ideas and incorporate it into the design.
We don’t care if your idea sounds crazy, if there’s a demand we will develop it, we love pushing the boundaries.
Please help us spread awareness by sharing our social pages with friends, we really do appreciate the help !
With every UK donation we’ll include a packet of our magic seeds, perfect to grow your own electric car ! Ok maybe not, but it will grow into a tree if you water it. Trees - cleaner air for everyone.
It’s our responsibility to fix this planet, let’s make a difference for us and our children.
2015 - Mikro Automotive was established
2017 - The first prototype was manufactured and used for initial testing
2018 - A second improved prototype is developed
2018 - Mikro Automotive is working closely with government agencies to develop a detailed plan of scaling up production
2018 - Mikro Automotive is a finalist in InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investment competition
2018 - Testing of prototype number 2
2018 - Type Approvals received
2019 - Low volume production begins
2019 - First customer models are ready for delivery late 2019
We don’t anything for free so we have listed a number of rewards which we hope will act as a thank you for helping us on our journey.
Risks and challenges
Whilst we would love to say there’s no risks involved, there are always some :-
What if no one likes it ?
We have carried out extensive market research and received very favourable feedback about the car.
How long will it take for production models ?
We have a production strategy in place and are expecting the first models to be ready late 2019
How can I get one ?
We are accepting refundable pre orders via our website however by choosing the top reward guarantees you will have one of the first available models
Are you certain it will be built ?
We have already invested substantial funds into the project to get it to where it is and are working closely with government agencies with strategic plans for scaling up production.
Mikro Automotive is currently a finalist of InterTradeIreland Ireland’s Seedcorn Investment competition.
Mikro Automotive is working closely with DVA to ensure it meets all applicable type approvals.
We fully expect the first customer vehicles to be ready in late 2019.
We really can’t put into words how much we appreciate the help, but as a thank you to everyone who pledges the top reward we will include your name on our “The people that made it happen” plaque that will proudly adorn the interior of each and every vehicle manufactured.
We will also include 2 exclusive tickets to the launch party in Belfast where you can party the night away with the Mikro Automotive team
*Disclaimer* - this reward may involve dance off’s
Exclusive Mikro Automotive SnapBack hat
Exclusive Mikro Automotive Polo shirt
Exclusive Mikro Automotive Hooded Top
2 Tickets for the official launch party
Named on the founders plaque that will adorn each vehicle