- Title: Estonian startup showcases electric car prototype with classic design
- Date: 20th August 2018
- Summary: TALLINN, ESTONIA (AUGUST 15, 2018) (REUTERS) CAR LEAVING NOBE 100 (pron. NO-BEE) ELECTRIC CAR PROTOTYPE ON TRAILER IN TALLINN SQUARE FRONT OF PROTOTYPE BACK OF PROTOTYPE PROTOTYPE STANDING ON TRAILER IN SQUARE NOBE CEO ROMAN MULJAR WORKING ON PROTOTYPE MEN ROLLING PROTOTYPE OFF TRAILER ONTO SQUARE MEN WORKING ON HOOD ORNAMENT ON PROTOTYPE HANDS FITTING HOOD ORNAMENT IN SHAPE OF WOMAN'S HEAD AND SHOULDERS HOOD ORNAMENT (SOUNDBITE) (English) NOBE CEO, ROMAN MULJAR, SAYING: "Your M1 cars (passenger vehicles with less than eight seats), even electric ones, most of the energy goes into propelling the car not the person in it. So, by coming up with the light electric vehicle like we have, all the energy in this car and the beauty of it is designed to propel the person, not the car." BACK OF PROTOTYPE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOS OF PROTOTYPE (SOUNDBITE) (English) NOBE CEO, ROMAN MULJAR, SAYING: "If you look at the design, design is something that attracts people to the car and once they start driving it they realise that it has a really extra beautiful range. It's very easy to handle, easy to park, it's fun to drive. So, fun is something that, I think, is missing also in electric cars. So, the most innovative part of the car is fun." FRONT OF PROTOTYPE PROTOTYPE IN TALLINN TOWN HALL SQUARE NOBE LOGO ON PROTOTYPE MECHANICS IN GARAGE VARIOUS OF MECHANICS WORKING ON FRAME OF CAR HAND TIGHTENING BOLT CAR'S MOTOR INSIDE WHEEL POSTER ON WALL SHOWING COLOUR VARIATIONS OF DESIGN (SOUNDBITE) (English) NOBE CHIEF OF TECHNOLOGY AND CO-FOUNDER, MEELIS MERILO, SAYING: "We decided to put motors inside the wheels because of the space usage in the car. Otherwise, if we had motors inside the cars we have less space for the batteries and less space for driver and the passengers." MECHANICS WORKING ELECTRIC CHARGING PLUG VARIOUS OF MECHANICS WORKING ON FRAME VARIOUS OF CAR DRIVING AWAY PULLING PROTOTYPE ON TRAILER
- Embargoed: 3rd September 2018 16:53
- Keywords: Nobe 100 electric car EV three-wheeler classic car Estonia
- Location: TALLINN, ESTONIA
- City: TALLINN, ESTONIA
- Country: Estonia
- Topics: Information Technologies / Computer Sciences,Science
- Reuters ID: LVA0018TZTBVF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Estonian startup company Nobe presented the prototype for a three-wheeled electric vehicle designed to resemble a classic car in Tallinn on Wednesday (August 15).
The vehicle, called 'Nobe 100' differs from other electric vehicles in several respects, featuring motors in each of its three wheels to make room for its battery and passengers.
This also means that most of the car's energy goes into propelling the passengers and not the vehicles lightweight frame, according to Nobe CEO Roman Muljar.
The design, with large round headlamps, chrome-detailing and an aerodynamic shape attracts people to the car, says Muljar.
It also injects a bit of fun into driving the vehicle, something which Muljar says is lacking in other electric models.
The car's small size means it will be easy to manoeuvre in crowded cities, and its three wheels mean it is technically classified as a trike rather than a standard car according to Nobe.
The company says it will have a top speed of 110 kmph (68mph) and a fast-charging battery.
So far the company has sold five of the cars to buyers in advance of mass-producing them. It hopes to start producing the car for the mass market in 2020.
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