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Though the Metro Buddy isn't due to be officially unveiled until tomorrow at EVS-24, the Norwegian Minister of Transportation, Liv Signe Narvasete, visited the little electric car maker's factory and got a sneak preview. The folks from ElectricAid were also on hand and shot a little video, which we can now share with you. While it keeps the same basic form as the original Kewet Buddy, There are some changes that are more than skin deep. For example, buyers of the new version will be able to store electricity in lead-acid, nickel metal halide (NiMH) or lithium batteries giving this wedge of Jarlsburg a range of 50 to 75 miles (80 to 120 kilometers).
Like the original, the Metro Buddy will be easy to park, inexpensive to run and available in lots of colors. It will have a top speed of 50 mph (80 km) and seating for a driver and two good friends. Delivery is set for December, but if you just can't wait and you're willing to settle for the classic, the original will be available until then. Hit the jump for video of the politician's preview and don't forget to toggle CC (Closed Captions) in the lower right hand corner for the English translation.