I got Nobe for the first time. wrote about, the little Estonian company is attempting to make what appears to be the most retro-cool three-wheeled EV I’ve seen exactly four years ago, so it looks like a good time to check them out and give a little update. Was. They’re still hanging in there, making some progress, and they even have a little EV truck now.
last year i got to see a real nobe prototype in person first time in monroe Joe was working with the company to develop the production version of the car. Personally, it didn’t disappoint, and felt like an old Karman Ghia or Alfa Romeo, which I think was pretty clearly the point.
On the technical front, Nobe is working with UK-based Farr to develop a carbon fiber chassis for the car, which you can see company founder Roman proudly showcasing here:
I spoke to Roman about the progress, which has been slow but steady. I think one of the things that I think maybe a noob can find a product on the market when so many others have struggled is that they know their limits, and are looking for good partners to help. Huh. For example, first Monroe, now Far.
I was also told that the Nobe 100GT will have a switch on the dash that reads “NORMAL” and “CRAZY,” similar in concept to Tesla’s Ludicrous Mode, which unlocks more power from the drivetrain.
A physical switch that you can set to “Crazy” sounds fun, awkwardly even more so than tapping an option on a touchscreen.
Nobe is also building a no-shame retro small electric pickup truck, this time a four-wheeler.
Nobe is planning to bring both of these cars, the three-wheeled Nobe 100GT and the Nobe 500 truck, to the US, and is in the process of setting up a Nobe USA.
Now, bringing a three-wheeler into the US costs much less than a four-wheeled vehicle, as a three-wheeler is not technically classified as a car, and is thus exempt from many of the more stringent regulations, crash testing. And things like that.
I talked to Roman about this, but he assured me that the truck would be completely street-legal, not just some low-speed neighborhood electric vehicle, but a real truck that would carry real weight and maintain highway speeds. able to keep.
That sounds like a tall order, but what the fuck – he seemed pretty confident, and I’d love to see it on American roads, so I’ll let myself be hopeful here.
It’s a small company that hasn’t had the best of luck in the past — aside from the usual funding and setup issues that plague any startup automaker, in 2019 they had a fire that destroyed their workshop and their two ongoing prototypes. was destroyed.
It will spell the end for many startups like this, but they kept at it, and while they’re still a long way from getting cars on the road, it looks like real progress is being made, so I guess. They are worth keeping an eye on.
I know better than to make predictions about any of these things—well, except maybe helium, where I’m not holding my breath—but I love what the noob is doing, so even though I can’t predict eventual success, I think it’s okay to hope for it, a little.