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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Another cool retro electric car

In April I did a piece on the Luka, a classy retro Czech EV.  Now Estonia has come up with the Nobe (pronounced Noh-bee) which is an absolutely gorgeous three-wheeler bubble car.

From Green Car Reports:

Want to get in on the ground floor of a new electric-car startup? Crowdfunding seems to be the latest rage for automotive startups in Europe.

The latest is an Estonian startup called Nobe, which hopes to raise funding to build a small, electric three-wheeler. The company officially launched the vehicle Wednesday along with a crowdfunding drive looking to raise just over $1 million to build the car.

In a video on the company's website, Nobe's designers say they want it to make people smile in the way they do when they see a classic VW Bug—it conjures nostalgic memories but isn't trying to impress anybody.

To that end, the Nobe 100 looks like it rolled right out of 1959, with slim window pillars, a wraparound rear window, a targa bar wrapping over the roof, and a metal dashboard with big analog gauges and a wicker parcel tray underneath. The front end looks like something Alfa Romeo could have designed in the '50s.

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