Herpa lacks the investment required to finish its electric vehicle (Trabant nT) project but it has not been canceled yet. In August 2009, the German automaker Herpa announced that it would introduce a new concept for the Trabant at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The plan was for a car to be ready to go into production by 2012 but, according to our sources, it appears that Indikar, the company backing the Trabant nT project, has not been able to come up with the EUR30 million needed to complete the development of the vehicle.
For this project to be realized, it needs the investment as well as a partner that can supply the engine, batteries and necessary technology. If this car enters production, it is expected to be priced from EUR20,000 to EUR25,000 for the final version.
The 2012 Trabant nT has a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph) and on a single charge, it can be driven up to 160 km (100 miles).
It is powered by an anasynchronous electric motor, rated at 45 kW, that drives the front axles. This car is equipped with a lithium-ion battery located in the design space between the rear axle and the vehicle’s transmission tunnel.