Estonia-based company Nobe has started raising funds to build an electric car lightweight enough to park vertically on walls.
The Nobe 100 is a three-wheeled electric car with the capacity to carry three people up to 161 miles (260km) on a single two-hour charge, or 192 miles with an additional ‘suitcase’ battery.
It weighs 600kg – less than half the weight of the lightest Mini model – allowing it to be parked and stored vertically with the assistance of a ‘gecko’ parking rig on a wall.
Nobe invented the gecko parking solution, which is made possible by the car’s lightweight aluminium bodywork, derivative construction and absence of liquid, in an effort to sidestep the limitations of urban parking space.
The firm intends to train local suppliers in installing the rigs onto the sides of buildings, with customers required to possess a stretch of wall measuring a minimum of 4 metres vertically.
As the Nobe 100 is technically registered as a trike, it is exempt from road tax, and in its home city of Tallinn, Estonia, is able to use bus lanes to skirt around traffic.
Though this is unlikely to be the case in the UK, Nobe supports the notion.
The all-wheel drive car’s technology and hardware are fully recyclable, allowing would-be owners to replace components such as the exterior panels safe in the knowledge the company will recycle and not scrap them.
Nobe claims the vehicle can reach speeds of up to 80mph, reaching from 0-62mph (100km/h) in 5.9 seconds with a maximum 72 kw power. It also has a Nespresso coffee machine built into its interior.
The company is hoping to raise £79,609 in the next 45 days through crowdfunding site Indiegogo to allow them to build a working prototype to iron out any potential issues, meaning it could be several years before the car is available to buy.
Its launch comes as the government announced its intentions to introduce legislation ruling all newly-built homes must include an electric car chargepoint by March 2021.
The government is planning to scrap the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040 as part of plans to boost air quality in the UK, heightening the need for accessible charging points.
While early chargepoints were free to use, it now costs around £1.50 to charge an electric vehicle for an hour at a publicly-available point, paid via smartphone apps. Rapid chargers cost an average of £3 per 45 minutes, though prices vary according to access and supplier.
It is likely to be significantly cheaper to charge an electric car at home than at a public charging site, of which there are more than 8,000 across the UK hosting more than 13,600 chargers.