• Sep 18th 2009 at 11:02AM
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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.

[Source: Herpa Miniaturmodelle GmbH]


World Premiere of the "Trabant " at the IAA

FRANKFURT, GERMANY – September 16, 2009: Recognizable as "Trabant" but timely enhanced and modernly interpreted – this is how the concept car "Trabant nT" is presented at the world premiere at this year's IAA in Frankfurt. On September 15, shortly before noon, the initiators Klaus Schindler, Ronald Gerschewski and Nils Poschwatta disclosed the strictly kept secret of the electric car's appearance. It is characterized by a distinctive appearance and pleasing proportions.

No unnecessary beading, edges or conspicuous ornamentation distract from the overall shape. The trapezoidal grill opening downwards, the front and rear lights, the bumper pads as well as the superimposed roof are the fundamental graphic elements. Rated at 45 kW, an asynchronous electric motor powerfully drives the front axles.

It achieves a maximum speed of 130 km/h and is fed by a lithium-ion battery located in the design space between rear axle and the vehicle's transmission tunnel. That allows for a range of max. 160 km. Absolutely sufficient given that the majority of daily rides in Germany are shorter than 50 km.

After driving that distance, the "Trabant nT" can be fully recharged overnight utilizing the regular power network for about 1€ in electricity costs. There is hardly a less expensive way to get around. The trendsetting concept therefore stands for a safe and reliable city- and medium-range vehicle, a second family car, a handy helper for service providers from a wide range of areas. It meets our need for individual mobility, loading space for everyday use and environmentally conscious behavior. The "Trabant nT" is already driving the future today.

Making use of its worldwide cult potential, it offers us the chance to put an automotive alternative on the road suitable for everyday use, and combining environmental and budgetary considerations. For this modern car to be on the road in 2012, the "Trabant nT's" serial production readiness will be aimed for following the IAA. The initiators are capable of accompanying the step from project development to a production company and now offer a dedicated investor the opportunity to join an exciting automobile concept with potential for the future. The "Trabant nT" will be displayed at the IAA in Frankfurt until September 27

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Precise is a leading brand in designing high quality of micro-models with large and complex engineering products also reliable name in designing of Industrial Model, Industrial Model Makers, Industrial Design Model Makers, Industrial Engineering Model in India.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think finnish Valmet Automotive (the manufacturer of Fisker Karma, Think City) has informed, that they are focusing on EV developement.

      Maybe they can help Trabat for production?

      • 6 Years Ago
      But folks, the electric Trabant is already here ;)

      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy cow! It's like they read my post from the update a month ago, and then built me exactly what I wanted!

      Nixon: "The white top with that old-style blue takes a special look to pull off. If they went with even more retro curves cueing off the original, it could look even better. Lower the belt-line just a little bit (not too much) and round out the front end and push the headlights up and out just a hair. Not too much. I'm into it."

      What did they do? They lowered the belt line just a hair from the last images, rounded out the front end, and pushed the headlights up and out just a hair. They even threw in more curved hoodline, and rear mini-fins cueing off the original!

      Needless to say, I'm definitely liking it!

      TRABI !!!

      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is awesome. The aerodynamics aren't great, but the real point was to remake the Trabant in a way that would leave that awesome East German feel to it. I can't wait 'til this car hits the markets.
      • 2 Years Ago
      neue trabi ist gut auto
        • 2 Years Ago
        Der neue Trabant ist ein super Auto, möglicherweise nicht zu schnell fahren, aber schauen; D
      • 6 Years Ago
      i think the aerodynamic behaviour is negligible if you look at how popular the original trabant is in germany. there might be a bigger market for the car just because of its look.
      if you take the new mini, for example: a new mini with a totally different design wouldn't be the same, right?
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's why buying a Mini is not a bad idea. You always keep on driving the "new model" and BMW can't change the shape to lure you into an "upgrade" :o)
      • 6 Years Ago
      This looks far better than the abomination seen in the preliminary drawings. Apart from the beltline which is a bit high for my taste (though that is something all cars seem to suffer from lately), they managed to modernize the design pretty well.

      The whole idea behind this thing is to show what a modern Trabant would look like, not to present a production-ready mass-marketable EV. Way to miss the point.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Interesting, did you decipher that all by yourself? I read the release and I don't see where they are they claim "The whole idea behind this thing is to show what a modern Trabant would look like".

        In fact they DO claim "It meets our need for individual mobility, loading space for everyday use and environmentally conscious behavior." Way to miss the point.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It says so right on their website. It's even available in english, so you don't need to trust my translation abilities:

        "Recognizable as “Trabant” but timely enhanced and modernly interpreted – this is how the concept car “Trabant nT” is presented at the world premiere at this year’s IAA in Frankfurt."

        Fun Fact: I'm actually from Germany and born in the GDR, so I'm quite familiar with Trabants ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      It look cool.

      I will go see it if they put it on sale for cash near where i live. If it's too costly because the battery lithium ion is huge, heavy, inneficient and costly and weighty and the frame is huge and weighty because it have to contain and drive a weighty battery and the brakes are huge and costly and weighty because they have to break a weighty car and the suspention, coil spring and wheel and brakets are weighty and costly because they have to lift and amortised a weighty car then at least it look good. If they fit a smaller electric accumulator of 400$ along an electric generator of 1000$ then i might be more interrested and they remove 1000 pounds of metal then i might buy it on ebay.com or .ca.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You'll have to move to Germany though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it for what it is; basic electric transportation wrapped in a funky (and I hate to say this:) retro-styled 2-door hatch. Retro has turned into an overused cliche, but I like the way they have freshened up the Trabbie with modern style. I wouldn't be embarrassed to be seen in this. It makes me wonder why something like this isn't currently being made by, say, Honda.

      I hope they can find someone willing to bankroll this car. I like it.
      More of this please, and faster.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This concept, at least, is better-looking than the last pics you posted.
      • 6 Years Ago
      While I applaud the effort, the car does not look very aerodynamic. My Suggestion is to buy a platform from a larger company, Renault/Nissan for example and save costs that way.
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