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2019

Forbidden Fruit Cars of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show”

Forbidden Fruit Cars of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show”

Still just a prototype, this Estonian-made three-wheeled electric vehicle has the flair of a ’60s-era Alfa Romeo Giulietta front and boattail Spider rear, while the inside is go-for-a-picnic charming. But it carries the modernity of a lithium-ion battery pack. As a three-wheeler, it will be graded as a motorcycle, not a car (including not having to pass U.S. crash standards, hmm). Nobe is still in startup mode, but if you want to get in on the ground floor, they’re launching a Kickstarter in April. Just remember, three-wheeled transport hasn’t exactly taken off in past iterations—and this one is target-priced at an eye-watering $40,000.

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Hidden treasures of the Geneva motor show

Hidden treasures of the Geneva motor show

way from the glitz and glamour of the major car unveilings, we unearth the most interesting sights from the rest of the show.Looking like something that burst onto the scene in about 1957, the three-wheeled Nobe is meant to represent the ultimate in sustainability. The battery pack is easy to upgrade as new technologies emerge, the body panels can be easily swapped if they weather or get damaged.

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Geneva Motor Show: Live updates. A bit of electric fun from Estonia

Geneva Motor Show: Live updates. A bit of electric fun from Estonia

This funny-looking, three-wheeled electric number comes from Estonia. But the company behind the car thinks the United States could be its largest market. The vehicle is called Nobe. It features two doors, three seats, three wheels (with three-wheel-drive) and a removable hardtop. It’s yet another example of the kind of quirky and unexpected vehicles that turn up at the Geneva show.

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