Taking it apart...ECU testingFilling it up in LjubljanaUnder the hoodBolt driving Rallye Monte carlo 2012
OwnerAndrej Pecjak - METRON Institute
Owner's Other EVs1995 Renault Espace
1992 Renault R5 Elektro
2006 Smart Roadster
1999 Smart ForTwo
2010 Dacia Sandero EV
2005 Smart Roadster
1974 Volkswagen 1303 Beetle
2005 Mazda 5
LocationPodnart, Gorenjska Slovenia map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle2005 Mazda RX-8
Conversion of a sport car to EV.
MotorISKRA 3-Phase AC
40/80 kW water cooled motor - Letrika prototype
DrivetrainClassic Mazda 5 speed gearbox
ControllerMES DEA TIM600
Batteries61 Kokam 200 Ah, 3.70 Volt, Lithium-Polymer
Five boxes with cells - Metron made the battery and REC made good BMS for it
System Voltage226 Volts
ChargerElcon 3,3 kW
One ElCon 3,3 kW single phase 240V plus two additional ElCon 2 kW for fast charging (3 phases)
HeaterMes Dea 3 kW electric heater + Eberspacher diesel water heater
DC/DC ConverterElcon 60A
60A DC-DC converter
InstrumentationClassic Mazda + one REC display
Top Speed110 MPH (176 KPH)
110 mph max. speed with new TIM600 controller installed 12.5.2011
Constant speed is about 90 mph
Range150 Miles (241 Kilometers)
120 miles when driving fast, up to 180 miles when driving really carefully (about 80 km/h). Can reach 200 miles using our additional batteries (ERE- electric range extender)
EV Miles
Current:60,000 Miles (96,540 Kilometers)
    As of 12/10/2016
Seating Capacity2+2 adults
Curb Weight3,400 Pounds (1,545 Kilograms)
Keeping original weight with 50% on front and 50% on rear axle
Tires225/45 R18
Conversion TimeA lot
Conversion CostApprox 50000 $
Finished on 8th of september 2009
May 2010 - fast charger fully functional
June 2010- upgrade to 208V nominal voltage (from 192V)
may 2011 - upgrade to bigger motor and TIM600 controller. Result - real sport car performance!
february 2012 - additional diesel/biodiesel heater added, fast charging by 3 phases (9,4 kW)
march 2012 - nominal voltage is now 215V using 58 Kokam 200 Ah cells
On march Bolt joined rallye Monte carlo des energies nouvelles ending on 12th place (from 26 starting)
december 2012 - one more cell is added boosting nominal voltage to 219V
May 2013 - Bolt got "facelift" that improved aerodynamics
July 2013 - Bolt attends Wave and finishes on 2nd place WebPage /> August 2013 - Bolt got one more cell and now has 60 cells and 224V nominal voltage
July 2013 - Bolt gets one more cell and now it has 60 cells containing 45 kWh of energy
June 2015 - Brusa charger does not stop charging despite BMS switching it off. Result: destroyed cells! Till end of 2015 all cells have been replaced + one added, so now it has 61 cells. Brusa chargers have been thrown out of all our cars and replaced by TC chargers. Bolt has been upgraded to be able to use our ERE additional battery 15 kWh to improve the range when necessary.

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