Russian startup L-Charge will charge electric cars in Europe – DRIVE

In the summer, L-Charge held a presentation at the Moscow design plant (video). In autumn, the “tour” in the EU began: the prototype visited Paris (pictured), Amsterdam, Munich, Barcelona (video). Note that the chassis Isuzu Elf 9.5 uses diesel engine 5.2 (140, 190 HP, 513 N • m) of Euro-5 eco-standard.

The engineering company L-Charge, founded a year ago in Moscow, has developed its own charging station for electric vehicles – fast (5-10 minutes) and powerful (up to 250 kW). The terminal is called through a mobile application and arrives “at home”, since it is mounted on a truck or van chassis. Unlike analogs, El-Chardzha devices do not need to be connected to the power grid. They generate electricity by burning liquefied natural gas and, in the long term, hydrogen and / or their mixture. Since there are still few PHEV and electric car hybrids in Russia (five to six calls a day), the startup rushed to Western Europe.

The trial “tour” was noticed by Reuters and made L-Charge famous all over the world, announcing the launch of “Russian stations” in London from 2022. In the UK, networks are no longer able to cope with the growing load: for 705,000 plug-in hybrids and electric cars, there are only 28,000 public chargers, with 9,000 in central London.

Along with mobile terminals (left) with a price of about $ 200,000 (14.7 million rubles), L-Charge is planning stationary points (right). At first, charging from a truck will be 1.5–2 times more expensive than other options – about 80 euro cents per kilowatt-hour.

The founder of “El-Chardzha” Dmitry Lashin previously created a successful agribusiness “Valley of vegetables”, who became his first investor for $ 1.5 million (110.4 million rubles). Now new partners are needed for serial production of 2,000 mobile and stationary devices per year. In a June speech at the SPIEF forum (video) Lashin estimated 100 km of run at 200-250 rubles. According to him, the goal of a multi-fuel system is to achieve a charging speed of “kilometer per second”. The mobile station itself is charged once a day. Its CO emissions2 supposedly three times lower than that of a diesel engine.


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