I’ve written about Nobe, the scrappy little Estonian electric car startup that’s designed what I think is the most disarmingly charming EV—hell, maybe any modern car, EV or not—before. It’s been a little while since we checked in with them, so I reached out, and found that there’s been some interesting progress. I know this is a little frustrating since you can’t just grab one of the grocery bags of cash you have stashed under your floor and just go buy one, at least not yet, but bear with me. First, that image up top there shows Nobe’s designs for a roadster variant of their basic coupé design, and I think it looks amazing. The three wheels means that a car like that could hypothetically come to the U.S., which is good, because I could see something as lovely and green-cred-packed as that becoming popular in cities like LA and San Francisco. The teardrop plan of the car lends itself to a droptop better than I’d have expected, too. Speaking of their main coupé model, Nobe has managed to build a few real, drivable ones already—previously I think I’ve only written about static styling mockups. Roman Muljar, the man behind Nobe, jumped out at a stoplight to take a picture of two of their cars tooling around in normal, everyday traffic, and I have to say they look pretty great out there in the dirty chaos of the real world. Nobe says they have 29 pre-ordered cars so far, and… [Read full story]
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