Croatian electric vehicle (EV) developer and producer Rimac Automobili will open a test centre in Slovenia’s Novo Mesto.
The Hyper E-Car Lab project is a joint project with Slovenian hardware and software development company Lastinski inženiring owned by the country’s former infrastructure minister Samo Omerzel.
The Hyper E-Car Lab centre will test Rimac’s car batteries and driving systems, and will also offer such services to other car manufacturers.
“The testing of electric driving systems and batteries is a new sphere and all manufacturers are fighting for testing capacities, while we, although having certain capacities in Croatia have the need of greater capacities,” Rimac Automobili owner and CEO, Mate Rimac, tol Poslovni Dnevnik.
The Slovenian media also reported that Rimac and Omerzel will receive financing of 3.4 million euros from Slovenia’s economy ministry for the project.
On December 10, the European Commission said it had approved under EU state aid rules a project of common interest jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries. The seven-member states will provide around 3.2 billion euros in funding for this project of common interest, which is expected to unlock an additional five billion euros in private investments, the Commission said in a statement.