Trabant set for Frankfurt show comeback

Trabant set for Frankfurt show comeback

Trabant nT concept

The once infamous Trabant may be heading for a 21st-century revival, with two German companies joining forces to reinvent the East German icon as an all-electric city car.

The electric Trabant, or “Trabant nT”, is set to debut in concept form at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Following the concept’s unveiling, IndiKar and Herpa who are building the vehicle hope to attract investment for full commercial production of the car.

Few technical details are known at this stage but apparently the Trabant nT will boast rooftop-mounted solar cells and modern EV technology. “It will be an electric car with a solar panel roof, designed for the city and small trips,” IndiKar head Ronald Gerschewski told a German newspaper.”It’s going to be simple, practical, and in the old tradition of the original, but it won’t be a retro model.

It may not officially be called a retro model but the Trabant nT will feature exterior styling influenced by the Soviet-era original. Away from aesthetic similarities, the Trabant nT will be worlds apart from its predecessor.

The original Trabant was built in East Germany from 1957 to 1991 and used an antiquated two-stroke petrol motor and built a notorious reputation for unreliability.

Despite its reputation, the original car did at least have some green credentials with exterior body panels formed from an epoxy resin reinforced by waste cotton. It was the first production vehicle in the world to utilise recycled organic materials in its construction.

The Trabant nT is set for debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show beginning on September 15.

Trabant nT concept

The once infamous Trabant may be heading for a 21st-century revival, with two German companies joining forces to reinvent the East German icon as an all-electric city car.

The electric Trabant, or “Trabant nT”, is set to debut in concept form at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Following the concept’s unveiling, IndiKar and Herpa who are building the vehicle hope to attract investment for full commercial production of the car.

Few technical details are known at this stage but apparently the Trabant nT will boast rooftop-mounted solar cells and modern EV technology. “It will be an electric car with a solar panel roof, designed for the city and small trips,” IndiKar head Ronald Gerschewski told a German newspaper.”It’s going to be simple, practical, and in the old tradition of the original, but it won’t be a retro model.

It may not officially be called a retro model but the Trabant nT will feature exterior styling influenced by the Soviet-era original. Away from aesthetic similarities, the Trabant nT will be worlds apart from its predecessor.

The original Trabant was built in East Germany from 1957 to 1991 and used an antiquated two-stroke petrol motor and built a notorious reputation for unreliability.

Despite its reputation, the original car did at least have some green credentials with exterior body panels formed from an epoxy resin reinforced by waste cotton. It was the first production vehicle in the world to utilise recycled organic materials in its construction.

The Trabant nT is set for debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show beginning on September 15.

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