In June, a curious contender for the title of “longest single-charge EV journey” emerged in the form of a modified Mazda5 minivan dubbed the “Metron 7.”
Autoblog was present to witness the auspicious event, in which the Metron 7 – the Slovenian brainchild of the Metron Institute – travelled 513 miles from Bled, Slovenia to Dubrovnik, Croatia, without recharging even once. Helping the Metron 7 to accomplish this amazing feat were an integrated 86 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, as well as a supplementary, external 22 kWh pack.
Together, this gave the Metron 7 a total energy storage capacity of 108 kWh, and the smaller 22 kWh pack was developed by the Metron Institute to be capable of recharging the integrated pack while the vehicle is still driving. It weighs 130 pounds.
Autoblog reports that over the course of the 513-mile voyage, the Metron 7 maintained an average speed of 45 mph. However, the Metron Institute claims that the MPV has a top speed of about 110 mph, thanks to a 50/65 kW drive motor and a 5-speed transmission. Dry weight is claimed to be around 3,750 lbs.