Nobe, a three-wheeled electric car that combines future technologies and timeless design, is travelling around the world and attracting a great deal of attention. Nobe CEO Roman Muljar tells us what makes the car attractive and when will people be able to buy it.
‘While the energy produced by a conventional car is mainly used to move the body of the car and not people, the situation is the opposite with Nobe. Nobe weighs only 860 kgs and its main energy is used to transport people,’ explains Muljar, who says that Nobe is the most efficient car in the world.
A special feature of the teardrop-shaped Nobe is the possibility to upgrade the car’s hardware and software. ‘People have grown accustomed to constantly upgrading their technical gadgets, but it’s not something they think about when it comes to a car. The car has been like a closed system so far,’ explains Muljar.
The car’s creator sees Nobe as a global car that could appeal to the modern global citizen who wants a car that lasts longer and is more stylish than other vehicles. Muljar points out that Nobe’s design and efficiency have already caught the eye of high-end hotel managers and golf club owners, who see that Nobe can offer their customers a novel driving experience.
So far, Nobe has toured England, the Netherlands, Finland, and the United States. Muljar also sees these countries as key markets for the electric car. Nobe travels from one country to another by air, as it is the fastest and most convenient way to transport the car. Speaking of the plans for the near future, Nobe is expecting to sell shares at the end of this year, with the aim of raising EUR 20 million. ‘If everything goes according to plan, car production in the United States, Estonia, and Great Britain will start at the end of 2023,’ said Muljar, as he opened up on plans for the near future.
Transporting the car has been a real nut to crack for logisticians, as shipping such a prototype car requires more work than usual. ‘Figuratively speaking, it is like a round house, not a rectangular one,’ said Karl Erik Vanem, sales manager at MyDello, who organised the transport of Nobe. Specific requirements must be followed, from the construction of the transport box to the preparation of the accompanying documents. Together with partner Unibox, a special transport box was built around the car, which was certified, of exactly the right size and character to ensure that the ‘three-wheeler’ would remain in good order during transport and that the box could be re-used. As this was a special project, the characteristics of the car – wheelbase, height, lifting points, etc. – had to be measured first. Based on this information, Unibox was able to put together drawings and then build the box.
When transporting the car, safety precautions must be strictly observed. ‘The sender must also sign a separate declaration stating that the car has been drained of oil, fluids, and fuel in accordance with the requirements. In the case of an electric car, the battery must be certified and comply with the requirements for sending the battery according to the type of transport,’ explained Vanem.
As the car was in the United States for an extended period and returned in the same way, the ATA Carnet customs declaration for international consignment was used, which allows goods to be shipped to a third country for a year without paying customs duties. According to the logistician, there have also been cases when the customs duties can exceed the value of the goods themselves.