SKOPJE (Reuters) – In the North of the macedonia capital, Skopje, is a small, light blue car, which is reminiscent of bygone Communist times, and quietly zips through the streets in the first major effort in the Balkans, the country’s production of private electric cars.
A modified supermini car, Zastava 750, in which the internal combustion engine is replaced by an electrical one of the future Classic Car, drives, in, In, in Northern Macedonia, on the 29th of May, 2019. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski
It is the brainchild of the Right, on the basis of the future of Classic Cars is a local business that restores vintage cars, and is now a part of them, the electric ones with the help of a government innovation fund will also focus on the promotion of green technologies.
North of Macedonia (fyrom), which is seeking membership of the European Union, where stricter emissions regulations come into force in 2020, is to fight big pollution, mostly from exhaust gas and heating of the coal. It’s going to be the government grants for the purchase of less-polluting and zero-emission vehicles.
BB is a Classic Car turned into the battle Zastava 750, an upgrade of its license-built Fiat 600 is very popular on the now-defunct Yugoslavia, and replacing the gas motor with an electric one.
Milorad Kitanovski, director of the emergency and the Classic Cars, said that the performance of the resulting Zastava 750s, which were originally built in the Serbian city of Kragujevac at the beginning of the 1960s until the mid-1980s, it is the same as or better than the original.
“It has a much higher potential for a much improved performance and a higher rate of speed, but we have to limit it to 120-mile-per-hour,” Kitanovski said.
The upgraded vehicles are fitted with electric motors manufactured by Germany’s Kessler, who also has a factory in the North of the Netherlands. Kitanovski does not say how much the firm has invested in order to perform the conversion.
The car has a cruising range of 150 km, and the charging time is approximately three hours with a home charger, just a 15-minute fast chargers.
“The cost of a three-hour charge is less than 1 euro ($1.12) for a 10 kw, what is the capacity of the battery,” Kitanovski said.
The price is set at around 20,000 euro ($22,568.00), and the company is particularly looking for international buyers, ” he said.
In addition, Porsche Macedonia offers, the Volkswagen e-UP! and the e-Golf electric car for 25.000 euros and 37,000 euros, according to a February report on the country, MIA news agency.
Reporting Ognen Teofilovski; Writing by Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise