Electric Trabant Going to Frankfurt in Search of Financing

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Vehicle in the news

Make/Model: Trabant NT
Manufacturer: Indikar et al
In Brief: A group of German companies have come together to bring to market a modernized version of the Trabant, a vehicle symbolic of the former East Germany.

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From a failed 2007 project to bring an electric Trabant to market

The Word

The original Trabant was a two stroke, high-pollution vehicle made by VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau, an East German car maker that began producing the utilitarian vehicle in the late 1950s and continued, with almost no real changes, until 1991. In that time, they built over 3 million Trabants, and East Germans sometimes had to wait years to get one. The vehicle is a widely recognizeable symbol of what an economic and socio-political disaster East Germany was, and an easy target for anyone in favor of competition and a free market economy.

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And so …

A handful of German companies have decided to resurrect the Trabant as the Trabant nT, an all-electric vehicle with a lithium-ion battery pack capable of a 156 mile (250 km) range off a full charge. The group is only short on one thing: financing. They'll bring a prototype to the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show with the hopes of attracting the capital necessary to begin mass production.

The Sources

Associated Press
Pictures from autobloggreen.com

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