Go Green Slovenia!
This page is all about helping VISITORS to Slovenia FIND & ACCESS the GREENER OPTIONS for travelling around the most beautiful country in Europe.. So thank you for renting one or bringing your ELEC CAR, we try here to give you all the current info we can in ENGLISH to help you juice up your E-Car or E-Bike!
Firstly, you should be totally congratulated on finding Slovenia and then choosing to visit this little green gem, bursting with nature! You don't get a greener holiday than in Green Slovenia!.. you can swim in lakes, rivers & the Mediterranean sea, you can hike & bike in forests, vineyards, green meadows and up & over mountains, you can explore castles, caves, valleys and discover waterfalls and gorges all over the place..everywhere!
And how about this for just one idea to do a really GREEN ADVENTURE.. it is perfectly possible to find some special places here where a new Slovenian river springs into life and then follow that particular river for it's entire journey.. if you want to know more, please just check out our River Springs section..
Little old Slovenia makes it so simple for you to enjoy and respect the amazingly green environment, eat locally grown food and breathe clean air..very clean air. And just think about it.. Slovenia is really tiny with TINY distances between all the major natural Green attractions.. so it really is the PERFECT holiday destination for using an electric vehicle.. soooooo easy to get around on a single overnight charge!
So if you want to find other practical ways to reduce your carbon footprint on holiday, maybe by renting an electric car or bringing your own rechargeable car or bike to Slovenia.. then this is the page for you, we try to answer your practical questions about E-renting and recharging.
You are perfectly capable of checking yourself how many trees your airline is planting to offset it's carbon bootprint and weighing up your option of taking the train or driving here instead, so here we go, please plug in and enjoy the silent E ride info below..
Recharging your Elec Car..
Let's keep this monkey simple.. the simplest & best way for you to use an elec vehicle on hols in Slovenia is to recharge overnight where you are staying and then explore within your elec range.. Slovenia is so small and stuffed full of natural wonders you can do this!
Exciting News.. Lipizzaner Lodge have installed 2 brand new elec recharging stations for guests to recharge overnight and the Lodge now appears on the Green Slovenian Recharge Map.. link below!!
It only makes sense to top up with a fast charger during your day if you absolutely need more juice.. There is a network of FAST CHARGERS and other chargers in this small country and a fab "Gremo" website that explains where many of them are located, here is a link to that map.. MAP OF CHARGING STATIONS IN SLOVENIA
You will need to pay for your power, so require an E-recharge card.. Just swipe it on the recharger.. and this is where it is currently a little bit more complicated.. you will need to apply online and register your credit card in advance to be able to use the network of rechargers.. but there are THREE issues with this.. 1..there are multiple recharging companies requiring different cards and 2.. would you seriously want to apply for different cards just to do a 2 week holiday in Slovenia? 3.. what if you are doing a multi country holiday? You would need more cards up your sleeve than a magician!!
BUT YOU DON'T NEED TO DO THAT, the GOOD NEWS is that Eco friendly hotel's like the Lodge will be able to give you a prepaid E-Juice card to use during your stay, so you can whizz, noiselessly, around Slovenia, juice up easily where required and settle up the minimal recharge fee later when you check out! (now that is good news)!
The other really GOOD NEWS is that there are APPS available that are becoming more European wide to cover all recharge machines and as we learn more about these we will tell you.. so watch this space! And of course another simple answer to this problem would be for E charging machines to allow top up directly by credit card like buying petrol.. so we will watch this for you in Slovenia.
So what are we doing at Lipizzaner Lodge to limit our impact on the Planet's Resources?
It is all very well to shout and scream at people who are not interested anyway about what they are not doing for the environment! All we can do here is tell you what we are trying to do and to learn how to do more..
In 2020 we installed 2 NEW Slovenian made ETREL INTELLIGENT ELEC CAR RECHARGERS so guests can juice up overnight with Electricity we have collected from the Slovenian sunshine.. we really hope you bring your elec car here or rent one and we also want you to know that you can organise your entire Green Slovenian holiday from the Lodge!
And we plan to have our own ELEC CAR to rent out for guests by the day for the start of the 2021 season!
Also in 2021, we will become a HUB for Rockvelo, Slovenia's premier E BIKE renting service, so Lodge guests will also have access to the very best E Bikes available with all the back up and service you would expect from Rockvelo..
But for us it is NOT JUST about having the best E Bike solution available.. we also sincerely hope that for the many special secret places around here just a little too far or hilly to reach on a regular mountain bike, instead of taking your petrol or diesel car, you will rent these top quality bikes for the day and go explore! Places like the uberamazing Rakov Skocjan Rock Nature Park, the biggest Disappearing Lake in Europe, lake Cerknica, up magnificent mt Nanos or to find a completely hidden secret Partisan hospital at Zalesje to name just a few!
We originally built the Lodge with solar panels on our main roof to help power the underfloor heating and hot water for your shower.
Then in 2019 we connected 32 solar panels on our stables' roof to make Lipizzaner Lodge 100% electric neutral.. so now we use the plentiful, clean Slovenian sunshine for all your power needs!
Also in 2019, we connected our roof gutters to collect the rainwater into a 12,000 litre underground tank that we reuse in the garden and for our Lipizzaner horses to drink. (Horses can drink a lot)!
We got rid of all plastic bottles for sale in our cafe and now only offer recyclable glass bottles. We can also offer guests existing plastic or glass bottles to fill with the beautiful clean pure water that flows everywhere from Slovenia's taps. So the message here is clear, please do not bring or buy new plastic water bottles to the Lodge, you don't need them.
We also decided to use only manual or elec rechargeable garden tools, so we trim the green green grass at the Lodge with an electric lawnmower! (It takes ages, but for a Brit there is nothing better than taking time to mow the lawn and then having a nice cup of tea after)!
And the very best solution for the environment is that Guests use their own body power to travel around, so for years here at the Lodge, we have been actively encouraging those who want to visit Slovenia without a car! We have a special page called To Drive or Not to Drive and we get more and more guests arriving without a car every year.. hiking, biking.. we can also pick you up from the local station and have our own small fleet of 9 regular mountain bikes to rent.
For 2021 we also decided for Green reasons, that our minimum stay will be 2 nights, but we are making JUST ONE exception.. allowing only those people on bikes and hiking trips to book for one night stays, so we can continue to encourage people to explore Slovenia by bike and foot.
Of course you want to explore the delights of Green Slovenia.. but if you knew just how amazing and numerous the hikes DIRECT from Lipizzaner Lodge are, then maybe you would spend a few days in your week just hiking from here.. so we did another new page to tell you all about Lodge walks!
Renting an E Bike..
Why not let your feet do the talking and instead of taking your petrol or diesel car to explore.. jump on an E Bike juiced up on the sun's rays and go find the places out of reach on a regular mountain bike.
We will help you do that at the Lodge with our Rockvelo E Bikes and even better, we have a whole host of special secret Green places within range of here.. you just need a few directions and off you whizz!
You can find E bikes all over Green Slovenia now and in many towns they have a basic E Bike option that the local people can use to do their shopping.. so also think about tapping into that.. BUT don't forget, City E Bikes are perfectly good for going around the town, but often lack the juice, flexibiliy or decent wheels for the rest of Green Slovenia..
This is why we went for the best possible E Bikes available with Rockvelo, so you can enjoy all the bumps in the road and have enough gas to get around in your day's adventure! Check out our first 2 E bike blogs for Nanos mountain and the Vipava valley..
We know of another really excellent local company, HourAway adventures to help you explore the really beautiful Skofja Loka mini region and roll up down the green hills on E Bike, particularly the Poljane valley and mount Blegos.
Renting an E Car..
We cannot confirm it yet as 2020 has been a turbulent year, but we fully hope to have our own E Car available for guests to rent by the day.. the car will be charged from solar power collected here at the Lodge!
We will also keep a list at the bottom of this page of what ELEC options the Slovenian car rental firms are offering. The extra good news here is that if you are renting a car, then the rental firm should give you access to one of the Network rechargers and currently the recharging is usually free.. (the price of e-juice is minimal anyway and hopefully not the real reason why you are choosing an elec car)!!
Bad News.. Despite being physically the Greenest country in Europe, it doesn't mean that all the people here are Green minded.. so we are saddened to tell you the Green Subsidy for purchases of Electric cars was reduced from Eur 6,000 down to Eur 4,500 in Dec 2020.. this is actually not so bad for rental firms as they often don't calculate the grant into their purchases anyway as they keep the cars for a year and sell them!!
List of Car Rental Firms in Slovenia offering electric vehicles, at Ljubljana Airport unless stated.. (updated Jan 2021)
AVANT: they have a huge network of over 500 elec cars that can be rented by the hour in the cities, and Good News.. in fact, FANTASTIC NEWS.. this network is now available to foreigners, so all you need to do is go to Ljubljana airport.. sign a contract.. pay a deposit.. and you can access this network of cars.. this is big news as it means you can now EWhizz around Green Slovenia just like a local!! In theory you could rent an ecar at the airport, go to Bled or the Lodge say.. leave the car and then rent one when you laeve there to go to the next place!
Here is Avants English website.. (we asked them to put clear, simple instructions on their ENGLISH web pages to show visitors to Slovenia how you can easily sign up and use their network)..
SIXT: (Also an office at Ljubljana train station) 5 cars for 2021, when you book on their website you can see a little green E symbol by the car.. recharging is currently free at the network of "PETROL" motorway and service stations around Slovenia.
AVIS/BUDGET Zero cars / they wanted to have electric cars for 2021, but the virus has put those plans back.. in the pipeline for 2022..
DOLLAR/THRIFTY: Zero cars, zero plans
HERTZ: Zero cars, zero plans