vol.03 Going the Distance
This Startup Wants to build mobile EV chargers network
An Interview with Dmitry Lashin
Since breaking national records with high-end agro-technology, the CEO and founder of one of the largest agriculture businesses in Russia, Dmitry Lashin doesn’t seem like he’s planning to stop. This young entrepreneur became a household name in his homeland after taking advantage of a ban Moscow imposed on importing fresh vegetables from Europe.
His company, Dolina Ovoshey, monopolized vegetable production with its cutting-edge greenhouse technology. Lashin was one of the pioneers who incorporated the use of climate computers and greenhouse technology which not only set his company from the competition but his greenhouse became the Russian 5th generation showroom where other growers came around to take a look and were blown away! His motto is “If we don’t do it today, someone else will do it tomorrow”.
A new day has come, so it shouldn’t be too surprising Lashin is offering a solution for a problem electric vehicle (EV) owners have been facing.
Where to charge your EV on long road trips?
The future is electric and L-Charge is here to help you hop on the wagon as quickly as possible.
L-Charge is an innovative start-up that plans to develop a scalable network of super-fast EV chargers.
Car companies have been pushing toward eco-friendly vehicles without really getting out of first gear. Statistics show that even though the number of EV vehicle owners is rising, many people are still hesitating. The lack of sufficient charging points makes many journeys difficult, especially through areas that aren’t connected to an electrical grid.
No grid, no problem.
L-Charge is revolutionizing the underdeveloped EV infrastructure with their super-fast off-grid EV-charger which can be installed anywhere, grid or no grid. This kind of product, expected to be launched in Moscow in the coming months, can bridge the gaps with the gas station industry who can diversify their offers with off-grid electric car chargers.
And not just gas stations, any business located outside the power grid can also make use of these new revenue-generating opportunities. Restaurants, road cafes, hotels, shopping malls when no external grids are required the L-Charge has no obstacles being installed anywhere.
The cutting-edge technology of the L-Charge presents two types of chargers, stationery, and mobile. The stationery charger is for highways, gas stations, and parking lots and can charge the known types of batteries in 10 minutes for 24-50 kWh, and the internal battery is charged when the vehicle is not connected.
The mobile charger is for urbanised areas and can move from one electric vehicle in the city to another and charge them, can be charged in 10 minutes by 25kWh, and the internal battery is charged when moving from one car to another.
Time is money and no one likes to wait too long. Fast charging is guaranteed (1 km in 2.5 – 5 seconds or 120-250 Kim in 10 minutes) and they provide a unique application that provides users access to a contactless payment feature. Users will also be able to reserve a time and place for charging when most convenient.
It’s simple, user-friendly, no staff is required, and finally offers people an opportunity to switch to electric transport right now, without having to worry about the necessary infrastructure developments.
Is your EV really better for the environment?
“The infrastructure that we are building with LNG-powered EV chargers could be easily transformed into hybrid use or hydrogen-powered. That is, our EV chargers can run not only on Liquified Natural Gas but also on hydrogen. Technically, this is already possible.”
The product is considered as “bridge technology”, and major global energy companies, such as Total, Shell, Gazprom, BP, and ExxonMobil, are already focusing on the development of renewable energy sources, as Europe aims to take its EV ecosystem to the next level.
With a Ph.D. in Physical and Mathematical Sciences and his experience with electric charging technology, Dmitry’s company has already built facilities using 500 Mwt capacity, which is equal to a whole High Lonesome wind power park by Enel.
Looking forward, L-Charge aims to optimize the charger for all types of electric cars, as well as increase the charge capacity. Being a visionary is pretty lonely, so presently there is no working alternative on the market, but companies like ChargePoint, Plugshare, Shell recharge, and Electrify America have a similar objective to L-Charge and might be competitors in the future.
Charge your Teslas, Volkswagens, Toyotas, and let the games for a greener future begin.