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Unless you were a former senior member of the communist party or resident of East Germany, my guess is you have never heard of the Trabant.

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And even if you were on the wrong side of the ‘wall’ you probably haven’t heard of the Trabant nT.

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It’s not that the Trabant was hard to get hold of in East Germany, in fact, there were over 3 million of them sold during the 51-years they were in production.

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Not everyone could get one though, and waiting time from when you placed your order to delivery, was up to 15 years!

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While they were reasonably economical using just 7L/100km, it took a whopping 21 seconds to go from 0-100km/h, and the engine was a certified hydrocarbon producer.

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Meet the all-new Trabant nT, which the company says “could be on the road in 2012.”

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Let me first apologise for the lack of photos of this strange little car. I hustled with the best of them, only to be out-shoved by more people than were around Audi’s multiple displays.

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In stark contrast to the heavily polluting Trabant 500 and original 601, this new concept from Trabant won’t ever produce a single hydrocarbon or use any petrol.

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The Trabant is powered by a 47-kilowatt asynchronous electric motor, and supported by a lithium-ion-battery, stored in the transmission tunnel.

There’s also a solar panel roof, producing 120 Watts, which is enough to support ventilation and various accessories.

_P3K2716_ch_HG You’ll be able to charge the car from your home from a 220-Volt network in 8 hours, or less than 2 hours, using a 380 Volt socket.

Top speed is said to be 130km/h with a range of 160 kilometres.

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Judging by the sheer number of people on the Trabant stand, this thing might have legs. We’ll keep you posted.




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