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Kosovo makes it’s first electric car

Kosovo’s Makerspace Bonevet has revealed today an electric car build on top of a Renault Twingo, by six young and enthusiastic students.

Similar to the first Tesla Roadster that was delivered in February 2008 to Tesla co-founder and product architect Elon Musk, that’s how Bonevet Makerspace positioned itself today in Gjakova, Kosovo with the transformation of a Renault Twingo from a petrol car to a fully electric car.

The electric car project of Bonevet has started back in 2016 and with the support of the telecom provider of Kosovo, IPKO, it has managed to come to the level of being street ready. Behind the project were a team of six engineers, 3 girls, and 3 boys aged between 14 and 16, who were supported by their mentors and learned all the basics of electric car making, including 3D design, electronics, and mechanics.

Their hopes are high to use this project as a stepping stone to educate the people of Kosovo that electric is the future. Kosovo has the youngest population in Europe with 53% of the population being under 25 years old, while the electricity sector of Kosovo relies on coal-fired power plants (97%), with a lot of improvement for solar, wind and other renewable energy resources.

Bonevet is one of the top performing maker spaces in Eastern Europe and it’s currently expanding with another center in Prishtina, set to open this fall.

We’ve been covering different stories in the past about the electric and renewable sector of Kosovo, including the lack of relevant legislations to support an emission free future and Superchargers of the Balkans, highlighting some key information about electric cars in the region.

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