There is a lot of love for electric vehicles in Slovenia. While we’ve heard of the country’s work on biofuels before, the electric vehicle scene has so far escaped our radar. This will no longer be the case thanks to the work of Andrej Pecjak and the Metron Institut team.
Recently, Pacjak and his partner Jasna drove an electric car – a converted Mazda5 – from Bled (in Sloveniva) to Dubrovnik (Croatia), a distance of 736 kilometers, without recharging. It’s 457 miles on everyday roads in daily traffic with “all the necessary luggage” and covering at least 5,000 vertical meters along the Adriatic coast. The duo drove on some highways, but the overall average speed was 40 miles per hour (approximately). “As far as we are now, no one has driven this far without charging under normal traffic conditions,” the Institute wrote.
The exact technology used in the conversion is not disclosed (at least, not in English on the site), but Metron says the conversion uses “96 lithium polymer chobalt (sic) cells stored in special light boxes under the car “for its battery. Add a lightweight Letrika IPM motor and controller and Metron claims that “the efficiency is so high that when you drive up to 80 km / h [50 mph] we don’t need air intakes for cooling (we have a patented cooling system).
Pacjak himself is no stranger to EV conversions. Below, you can see two short clips of him trotting electrons in a Smart Roadster (the “Superpiki”) and an old converted Fortwo (the “Smart Piki”).