Anyone who spent any time in East Germany will be very familiar with the original Trabant, a diminutive automobile that was built and sold in the communist bloc. While the Trabant wasn’t a particularly good car, it enjoys something of a cult following and is apparently ripe for a remake.
Unlike the old Trabant’s smoky and extremely dirty two-stroke engine, the proposed New Trabant from Herpa Miniaturmodelle GmbH will feature clean electric power. Interestingly, Herpa is a German company that specializes in model cars and the whole idea sprang forth from a tiny little toy that brought the would-be automaker a ton of attention.
A rooftop solar panel should add a bit of power to the battery, which is reported to push the New Trabant up to a range of 250 kilometers (about 156 miles). A concept will be shown at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show and Herpa hopes to have the electric vehicle into production by 2012 if adequate investment can be procured.
[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req’d]
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