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A Russian startup wants to introduce mobile electric vehicle (EV) superchargers to London

L-charge, a Russian start-up, aims to introduce its mobile superchargers for the electric vehicles (EVs) to London in 2022, expecting to capitalize on rising demand and limited charging infrastructure, according to the company’s founder. The company’s truck-mounted chargers operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, or a combination of the two, and are not powered by the grid. In an interview, Dmitry Lashin noted that charging 80 percent of an electric car’s battery takes 5-7 minutes.

Lashin claims that his company maintains the world’s only mobile LNG/hydrogen supercharger, which is based in Moscow and receives 5 to 6 charging requests each day from the town’s 1,000 electric vehicles. EV sales have been increasing around the world as demand for replacements to diesel and gasoline automobiles develops, but there is still a charging infrastructure gap.

L-charge, a privately held company, received $1.5 million in the month of September and is looking for a partner to help it scale up to 2,000 stationary and mobile units per year. L-charge is nearing completion on two more superchargers, according to Lashin. An app will be used to access the London facility.

The charger was turned on in the Russian capital in July. The station is now accessible within Moscow Ring Road and can be contacted via a Telegram bot. During the trial phase, the corporation sought to determine the amount of demand for this particular service in the city as well as improve the technology. According to L-Charge, a stationary form of the charger could be deployed in any location, including highways, gas stations, and parking lots.

In the Europe region, where L-charge plans to launch after London, the LNG-powered chargers release 3 times less CO2 for every 100 kilometers than diesel vehicles, yet more than the grid-connected chargers, according to Lashin. Customers will also pay a higher price. Mobile L-chargers will cost roughly 0.80-euro cents for every kilowatt-hour, according to Lashin, which is 1.5-2 times more expensive than present options.

However, Lashin stated that L-mission charge’s is to encourage electric car adoption and expand what he considers London’s insufficient charging infrastructure. According to the ZAP-MAP system for electric car drivers, Britain has roughly 705,000 plug-in vehicles, with 365,000 of them being fully electric. More than 9,000 of the 28,000 public charging stations are in Greater London.

“The difficulty with electric automobiles is that even if the battery is 98 percent charged, you still charge it,” Lashin explained. “As a result, every slot is taken, and no person is charging.” The mobile charger is going to cost roughly $200,000 when mass-produced and will be able to charge around 25 electric vehicles every day, according to Lashin.

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