True to its promise, Herpa Miniaturmodelle GmbH – a scale model car maker from Germany – brought a concept car to the Frankfurt Motor Show called the New Trabant. We applaud the effort, ’cause is couldn’t have been cheap or easy. According to Herpa, the baby blue EV has a 64-horsepower electric motor that’s capable of propelling the hatchback to speeds of up to 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) with a range of up to 155 miles (250 kilometers).
A lithium ion battery pack of unknown size sits in between the car’s rear axle and transmission tunnel. Of course, all of the development work for this project will be extremely expensive, and if the company has any real hope of putting a car into production by 2012 (its own stated goal), a dedicated investor is needed. Good luck. Click past the break for the official press release.
Gallery: Frankfurt 2009: New Trabant
Herpa Miniaturmodelle GmbH]