Thursday, April 18, 2024

Lightning Mobile, a mobile DC fast charger for electric vehicles

With electric propulsion steadily increasing in recent years, charging stations are also required. All-electric cars get a warning when the battery needs to be charged, but what if the driver of an electric car does not have time to go to the station or is on the highway, and the next station is a few kilometers away?

The solution comes from Lightning Systems, a leading developer of zero-emission powertrains. It has announced the development of “Lightning Mobile,” a mobile direct current fast charger (DCFC) for electric vehicles. Roughly speaking, this is a high-energy-density, liquid-cooled DC battery storage in a package with a capacity of 192-kilowatt hours (kWh) that can deliver DC Fast Charging to modern electric cars with up to 80 kW.

Lightning Mobile can be deployed in a trailer
Lightning Mobile can be deployed in a trailer.

However, there will be an optional AC Level 2 charger at 19.2 kW, while Lightning Mobile can be charged from a standard Level 2 AC charger at up to 18kW, which will take more than 10 hours to get fully charged. The monster battery can be accommodated not only in a delivery van but also in a trailer.

It will also be able to provide maximum energy at 460 kWh per day, while its weight will be about 1680 kg. Finally, it should be noted that the company says this roadside assistance with the chargers will be transported, either with the Ford Transit 350HD cargo van, or it can be installed in any vehicle or trailer that meets the size and weight specifications.