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North Macedonia firm plugs vintage minis into electric age
June 19, 2019  Reuters  (Reporting by Ognen Teofilovski; Writing by
Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)



A converted supermini car Zastava 750, which has its combustion engine
replaced with an electric one by BB Classic Cars [
], drives in Skopje

SKOPJE (Reuters) - In the North Macedonian capital Skopje, a small light
blue car, reminiscent of bygone Communist times, silently zips through the
streets in the first major attempt in the Balkan country to produce its own
electric vehicle.

It is the brainchild of Skopje-based BB Classic Cars, a local company which
restores vintage cars and now converts some of them to electric ones with
help from a government innovation fund partly aimed at promoting greener

North Macedonia, which wants to join the European Union where tighter
emissions rules are due to come into force in 2020, is battling major
pollution mainly from car emissions and heating coal. It is planning to
introduce subsidies for purchases of less polluting or zero emission cars.

BB Classic Cars converted the supermini Zastava 750, an upgraded
license-built Fiat 600 popular across the now-defunct Yugoslavia, replacing
its petrol engine with an electric one.

Milorad Kitanovski, director of the BB Classic Cars, said that the
performance of converted Zastava 750s, originally manufactured in Serbia's
city of Kragujevac from the early 1960s until mid-1980s, is the same or
better than the original.

"The engine has a far greater potential for a far greater performance and
higher speed, but we limited it to 120 kilometers per hour," Kitanovski

The converted cars are fitted with electric motors manufactured by Germany’s
Kessler which also has a plant in North Macedonia. Kitanovski did not say
how much the company invested to make the conversion.

The car has a range of 150 kilometers, while charging time is around three
hours with a home charger, and only 15 minutes with rapid chargers.

"The cost of three hours of charging is less than 1 euro ($1.12), for the 10
kilowatts which is the battery capacity,” Kitanovski said.

The price tag is set around 20,000 euros ($22,568.00) and the company is
mainly looking at international buyers, he said.

In comparison, Porsche Macedonia offers Volkswagen's e-UP! and e-Golf
electric cars for 25,000 euros and 37,000 euros respectively, according to a
February report by the country's MIA news agency.
[© yahoo.com]

North Macedonia firm plugs vintage minis into electric age
JUNE 19, 2019 - SKOPJE (Reuters) - In the North Macedonian capital Skopje, a
small light blue car, reminiscent of bygone Communist times, silently zips

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