Humble One, first solar-powered crossover utility vehicle is under development to be launched in 2025. The manufacturer is based out of Los Angeles.
Humble One SUV has a very eye catchy design with blacked out grille and sleek headlamps. At the rear it gets l-shaped tail lamps and a sporty spoiler. With a length of over 5,000mm it weighs 1,814kg. The car boasts a rather low aerodynamic drag ratio of 0.25 as compared to Mercedes-Benz EQS at 0.20, and the Tesla Model X at 0.24. Interiors have not yet been revealed.
The car is said to pack 1,034 metric horsepower (1,020 U.S. horsepower, or 760 kilowatts) and have around 800 kilometers (500 miles) of driving range. In addition to the solar panels on its roof and sides, it has additional panels installed on special wings that you are supposed to extend when parking. The total power-collecting area amounts to 80 square feet, or 7.43 square meters. This should be enough to extend your daily driving range by between 16 and 97 kilometers (10 – 60 miles, depending on the weather).
Other examples of cars capable of absorbing solar energy include Fisker Ocean and the Netherlands-made Lightyear One, which offers 5 square meters (54 square feet) of solar elements and promises “up to 70 km / 43.5 miles of free driving per day”. The liftback goes on sale next year, whereas the Humble One EV is not expected to arrive until 2025. Despite this, the company is already taking pre-orders against a $300 refundable deposit.
Humble Motors CEO Dima Steesy openly admits he has no experience in the automotive industry, but assures that with former Ford exec Alex Bogicevic at the lead engineer position, the startup should do just fine.