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Frequently Asked Questions

Below we’ve put together the most important information regarding L City Cars.
We ask for your understanding that technical details may still be subject to change.

General

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General Questions

How is L CITY involved when it comes to climate protection?

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What is L CITY

L CITY is a Utility electric vehicle with a multifunctional platform. Additionally, L CITY EV can integrate solar technology and charge its battery using solar energy. The L CITY EV is the first LCV- light commercial vehicle in his class to use a serially implemented solar system which gives it up to 50 km/day additional range.

The passenger cabin roof and body of the loading space –koffer, are covered with monocrystalline silicon cells protected by polymer. Electricity generated by the L CITY EV Solar system can be connected in future with the SMART CITIES network. The use of natural energy from the Sun provides a good looking and innovative design.

The L CITY EV is a business-friendly transportation unit with multifunctional usage.  Offering two to six doors, two to eight seats and a big cargo area that offers plenty of space, coming in different sizes, it is the best EV in class on the market. The electric drive system is limited to 90 km/h due to its main purpose of urban functionality. Optional trailer integrated system allows several L CITY EV to be controlled by a single driver.

The L CITY EV has a real range of up to 300 km (fully loaded 200 km with a maximum speed of 60 km/h). The integrated inboard charging system allows you to charge your battery over night with charge time of down to 10-12 hours to full – capacity. Additionally, Solar integration of the L CITY EV gives up to 17 KW power additionally in sunny days. Here at L CITY, we do not recommend fast charging. In case that you need more range we have a battery swap system. You can charge the battery at home, office, or any parking area with standard 220V electricity network via a normal household plug. We do, however, recommend the installation of a wallbox charger. You can find more information about the charging system under the heading “Charging“.

How can I preorder a L CITY?

L CITY EV are built by order inquiry regarding customer needs. If you are a private, small or medium business, or corporate client, please contact with us to receive a personal offer. We accept preorders for the year 2022.

Will a right-hand drive version be offered?

L CITY EV are built on a modular platform allowing right-hand drive version and autonomous driving in the future.

The basic version of L CITY UTILITY EV platform weighs from 1800 kg with a payload of 900 kg. The ‘open’ version L CITY SUN weighs 100 kg less. The 60 KW battery pack weighs 600 kg. We will announce the exact final details as soon as they become clear during our preparations for series production.

What’s the eCall function on the L CITY ?

Due to the introduction of automatic emergency call (eCall), from 2018, every new vehicle in the EU must have an internet connection via a built-in SIM card, in accordance with ECE homologation. In the scenario of a traffic incident, which hopefully will not occur, an emergency call is made automatically. The aim of introducing eCall is to significantly increase the chances of survival for seriously injured vehicle passengers. The L CITY will provide further digital services and functions via the L CITY app using this internet connection. The protection of your data is a key concern for us.

What layout does the L CITY have? Front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive?

The L CITY EV has a rear-wheel-drive system as standard and an optional four-wheel drive system is available.

Can I drive the L CITY off-road? What is its ground clearance?

The L CITY EV’s are designed for urban use only. Off-road use is not recommended. Ground clearance is 200 millimeters, enabling the vehicle to master uneven road surfaces. We can also build vehicles with bigger ground clearance upon customer inquiries due to our universal platform.

Eco Friendly

What are carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and what consequences do they have for climate change?

Heat radiation that is beamed from the Sun to the Earth is mostly absorbed by the Earth’s surface. The rest of this heat is then radiated back from the Earth. Greenhouse gases, such as CO₂, stop the heat radiated by the Earth from being let out. This natural process is called a Greenhouse Effect.

CO₂ is emitted through human activity, for example through planes, motor vehicles, manufacturing or burning fossil fuels to produce energy.

The man-made increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere makes the natural greenhouse effect worse, causing global warming. CO₂ plays a significant role as it makes up most of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans.

What does CO2 offsetting mean?

CO₂-offsetting is an instrument to help protect the global climate: a given amount of CO₂-emissions emitted at one place in the world is prevented at another place, but in the end, it is irrelevant for the planet’s atmosphere. After mitigating and reducing CO₂-emissions, CO₂-offsets are an effective measure to counteract global warming.

How do CO2 offsets work?

CO₂-offsets work by upgrading and expanding renewable energies and energy-efficient technologies in developing countries to reduce or prevent the emission of gases that affect the climate.

Individuals or businesses seeking to offset their emissions identify and record them, before obtaining ‘certified emission reduction’ (CER) certificates, by making an offset payment to carbon offset providers, climate protection projects or carbon credit dealers. One certificate represents a specific, quantifiable amount (usually one ton) of CO₂ that is saved somewhere. The advantage to this principle is that emissions are saved in the Global South – where it is most economic to do so. There must be safeguards to check that emissions are reduced on a permanent basis and that the projects are only able to be brought to fruition through the additional funding received through the offset mechanism. That is, if those units or certificates weren’t sold, the projects would be unprofitable and therefore infeasible. The term used in the industry for this core criterion is the ‘additionality’ of the emission reductions.

What certifications and standards for climate protection projects are there?

Various standards are used to certify climate protection projects. They differ in the demands they place on the quality and environmental impact of the project and in local, social aspects. To register a climate protection project for certification, there must be scientific evidence of the project preventing CO₂-emissions. Independent bodies examine and certify this preventative effect.

There are further criteria relating to duration and social impact that must be fulfilled on top of those for climate protection benefits. High-quality climate protection projects are characterized by having positive effects for the local population of a project region.

Examples of this can include access to clean energy or improvements in household income or health. The most common certification standards are the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), Gold Standard and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the latter of which was developed by the United Nations (UN). The Gold Standard is seen worldwide as the most rigorous certification standard in regard to the requirements placed on what a project does. Gold Standard climate protection projects must ensure sustainable development in the project countries on top of additionality. The CDM, on the other hand, puts special emphasis on the quality and transparency of processes when registering and realizing a climate protection project. The quality of what the project does and how it is organized is usually maximized in conjunction with the Gold Standard.

How is L CITY EV involved when it comes to climate protection?

In 2020 we started developing our strategy to offset emissions originating from all stages of the L CITY manufacturing process. We are currently evaluating the emissions from our office activity, our production and assembly lines, and those produced from our business travels and logistics. We are identifying and recording these emissions systematically. Once finished collecting data, we will decide on the projects for offsetting about climate protection. We will select the projects that satisfy our exigence for quality, standards and generate benefits for the local population. It is important for our activity to not harm the community. CO₂-offsets are already included in the L CITY production price calculation.

Innovations

The Solar Integration. What’s a solar integration?

L CITY Utility is an innovative electric vehicle that additionally charges its battery using energy from the sun. Solar Integration was optimized by our team of experts and the best suppliers on the market. Solar cells integrated into the loading space and body panels make it possible to use the L CITY EV’s in the best economical and environmentally friendly way.

Solar integration allows you to cover up to 20% of your average daily mileage. We use monocrystalline silicon solar cells that are integrated into the vehicle’s body and loading compartment. Selecting the right material is our top priority. The components we choose meet the following requirements: A service life of at least ten years, resistance to environmental influences such as UV rays and water, break resistance and low weight. Usually, solar cells are laminated onto a 2 – 5 mm thick glass. However, glass has a comparatively high weight and low break resistance. We use polymer and glass fiber epoxy as substrate material. They are light, weather resistant and significantly more break-proof than glass.

The Solar Integration. Do solar panels need replacing after a minor collision?

If you experience a minor collision, you must first check to see whether and to what extent the cells in the affected panel are damaged. You must also check the damaged module to see if it is still functioning and only replace it if it is genuinely in need of replacement. Our cells are connected in a very innovative way with flexible lines which in case of accident leave the entire line of cells intact. There is also a layer of polymer or transparent resin that provides the solar cells underneath with the best possible protection against impact or damage, such as scratches. Unlike glass, resin and polymer are brake proof and make our solar modules significantly more durable than traditional panels. In addition, our panels are glued to the 20-30 mm thermo neutral wall panels of the Loading space (kofer) surface. Therefore, the risk of a complete module damage is reduced to very low.

Can I use L CITY EV to provide electricity for my household?

The L CITY EV has a battery capacity of 60 kWh. Assuming a household consumption of 5 kWh per day, there will be enough power for household for about 10 days. This functionality is not yet available and is due for a future integration.

Can the L CITY EV supply electricity to my camping?

Yes, technologically speaking, the L CITY EV is capable of powering an independent household or camping site. This function is not yet present due to a few legal restrictions in the area.

The L CITY App. What’s the L CITY app?

The L CITY EV app offers a variety of services, combining innovative mobility with cloud configuration. With your smart phone, you can lock/unlock your car, control electricity consumption, data transfer for fleet management customers and so on..  The L CITY app is also your digital key for the L CITY and the window to real-time vehicle data. The data connections of our vehicle as reliable as the automatic emergency call service eCall and are controlled by the Vehicle Connectivity Module.

The L CITY CLOUD integration. What is this?

The data transfer between car and our cloud management system allows you to have a record all of your trips and to use data for future planning of how to use energy in most sufficient way. Energy consumption, load data and all driving parameters are sent real time to our cloud system. Monitoring of the state of the car, the battery pack and the entire vehicle electronic system is done through our cloud integration. This makes it possible using L CITY EV to save the environment and your wallet.

The L CITY EV monitoring. What is this?

We offer constant monitoring of the technical condition of your L CITY EV. In case of any existing or upcoming problem the car sends message to our server and in case of emergency the operator can monitor the state of your vehicle. Remote control to the complete L CITY EV system allows easy maintenance and quick support in case of technical or electronic failure. This method implemented in a business fleet EV reduces significantly the costs and protects the environment.

Interior & Exterior

Are the final seats those featured in the prototype?

No, they are different. In terms of design, construction and features, our prototypes are close to the final product. During preparation for series production, the vehicle is being optimized on various levels including seats. Both the interior and the exterior of the L CITY EV have a significant design upgrade in quality, which includes the seats.

How many child safety seats can be connected to the rear seats?

Appropriate ISOFIX connectors for child safety seats are installed on the L CITY SUN and LBUS models rear seat rows. Their number depends on the size of the vehicle.

What colors will be available?

Color combination is up to customer’s wish and can be chosen from standard L CITY colors or customized for corporate clients. Only L CITY body parts not covered by solar panels will be painted. The Solar panels will be in black.
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About the Battery

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Why did we choose a battery capacity of 60 kWh?

We have tested various battery sizes and opted for a 60 kWh battery to be able to cover daily needs for inside city transportation and last mile delivery. This size is perfect for one full day use cycle. A battery with a larger capacity would increase the weight and is not necessary for urban use. Capacity of the L CITY EV can vary depending in customer’s inquiry.

Is it possible to install a battery smaller than 60 kWh? Will you offer a smaller battery?

The L CITY EV will be offered with a basic variant of 60 kWh battery pack. If such range per day is not required, we can offer you 30 kWh battery pack at a nearly 2x lower cost. This is possible due to the modular concept of the L CITY EV design. This allows us to be flexible and reduce costs, as well as the use of resources.

Will it be possible to integrate a range extender?

No, as of now a range extender would require the use of fossil fuels. Our goal is to develop a future-oriented mobility concept for inside city transportation that is independent from fossil fuels. We are however and therefore open to technologies that contribute to this objective.

Material

What is the structure of the L CITY battery?

We have developed in-house a liquid-temperature-controlled lithium-ion battery pack especially for our L CITY EV. Our battery consists of 270 cells. We have tested different technologies for lithium-ion batteries and, the various possible cell formats and opted for the prismatic cell shape. Among other advantages it offers very good safety and thermal characteristics. We are using a cell manufacturer with a perfect reputation and more than 10 years’ experience on the market. In case of a problem, under warranty, we will take your battery pack, change the defective cells and put it back in your vehicle.

How do you plan to recycle the L CITY EV battery pack?

We have developed in-house the L CITY EV battery system with a focus on battery pack recycling. We are pursuing the goal of giving our batteries a second life cycle. Through L CITY EV buy back system we can easily change your battery with a new one. We will use the old battery cells to build energy storage systems. This procedure allows for a battery not only to be recycled, but also to use old cells with nearly 70 % capacity after 10 years life and 3000 full cycles in building new energy storages.  Our goal is not to waste any single battery cell to protect the environment and our planet. Car manufacturers, including L CITY Automotive are legally obliged to accept back batteries and recycle them in a proper manner. The prismatic cells and our in-house architecture of the battery pack give us a huge advantage for our recycling policy giving a second life to your battery cells. Given that we want to make our entire company as climate and eco-friendly as possible, we take this issue very seriously and will therefore be looking for any new solution to be as environmentally and economically sensible as possible.

Charging

What connections does the L CITY have?

There are two different ways for you to charge your L CITY EV using the following plug types:

  • Via a Type 2 plug: found at all standard charging stations for a charge of up to 11 kW (AC)
  • Via a household socket: for a charge of up to 6,6 kW (AC).

What are the L CITY EV charging times?

Our strategy is to have the L CITY EV used during the day and charged after working hours over night. In this case we have two different charging times depending on the method of charging. Depending on the method chosen to use, charging time is:

  1. From a household socket charging from 0 to 100% takes up to 12 hours, depending on the current of the network.
  2. From a standard charging station charging takes 7 hours to 100%. We recommend charging the L CITY EV to be done at home or in own private facilities.

Can I charge my L CITY using any household power socket?

Yes! Simply use the appropriate charging adapter to charge the L CITY EV with any household power socket. However, we recommend you install a standard wallbox charging station for your car. This charging station adapts to the charging capacity of your house/office electrical system and optimizes maximum load current.

Can I also charge my L CITY with a Type 1 (SAE1772) plug?

The L CITY EV system supports the following plugs: Type 2 (EN 62196) and European household plugs.
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Service

How we will service L CITY EV ?

With access to workshop information we are going to make it possible to establish an vast network of independent well-known European garages. They will be responsible for any repairs involving high-voltage systems or body parts. You bring the L CITY EV to a workshop from our network. We will feed our workshops with proper and up to date service and repair information. Using this network will allow you to keep your warranty conditions up to date. As a result, there will be an extensive network of partners to offer you repairs and service at an affordable price.

Where and when can I get spare parts?

Local support with spare parts will be available through our local dealers or directly ordered from L CITY web platform. We develop our own PIS( Parts Information System) which will allow you to connect with your L CITY EV serial production code & password for full information of your EV. Starting from repair information and technical description you will be able to understand more about your EV. With online parts catalogues you or our workshop partner will be able to access and order the needed parts directly from the L CITY Automotive warehouse in Germany.

Production

Where will be the L CITY EV produced?

We will manufacture the L CITY EV near Munich, Bavaria. Chassis and suspension components will be produced in cooperation with SIN CARS Industry. All other parts will come mostly from famous German suppliers in the automotive industry. With SIN CARS we found a partner who shares our vision of a forward-looking and climate-friendly mobility. Our target is soon production to use electricity from 100 percent renewable energy.

When is the start of production planned?

The COVID-19 global pandemic has had an impact across the automotive and technology sectors, including L CITY Automotive and his partner SIN CARS Industry.  In response, we decided to continue our efforts on testing and development in 2020 and as a result to deliver the preproduction prototype of L CITY Koffer. With this strategy, we have been able to continue our technology development throughout the crisis and take all the possible advantages, mostly by hiring high experience engineers and managers from the automotive field. Based on our production estimations we are planning starting the first L CITY EV assembly in  Q1 2022.

How many cars will you produce?

With the start of production in 2022 we plan ramp-up regarding our plans. All L CITY EV will be produced by order, so quantities of units per year will depend on the market situation.  With the existing plant capacity of production in few years we will be able to complete 20 vehicles per day per shift which makes up to 15 000 L CITY EV per year. In case of a higher demand, we will switch to a bigger production area. Opening assembly points throughout Europe and UK first, later in USA, will allow to multiply the number of produced units.

When will the vehicle homologation take place?

Vehicle homologation of the first L CITY UTILITY EV has already started! Cooperation with TUV SUD always takes place shortly before the start of production. For this process, the vehicles from pre-series production are used. All requirements and tests for vehicle homologation are being considered and carried out during development.

What is the current development of L CITY EV?

After three years of development and testing of the L CITY EV platform we have started homologation process with the last edition of the preproduction model. Based on our motorsport experience, working with leading companies worldwide we have built the perfect EV- easy to build, strong and reliable, with a long term of maintenance.

Ordering

How do I preorder the L CITY EV?

First you can see and test L CITY EV at our HQ near Munich, or at our dealerships worldwide. Then, if you like our ‘working horse’, you have to place your order for an EV( or a fleet of EV’s). Then you fill our order form on our web site and your order is ready. In case of additional questions from our side we will contact you in three working days and will come with the final purchasing contract.

What happens after I sign the purchase contract?

After you sign the purchase contract you have 14 days to make the payment. There will be different payment options available. After the payment you will receive a payment confirmation and we will start executing your order. You will receive a web link where you will be able to check the status of the order.

Price

The ready to drive L CITY EV UTILITY Platform costs 40 900 Euros without  German VAT at launch of manufacturing. The price includes all components and the battery pack of 60 Kw/h, which sold separately costs around 20 000 Euro. All orders made in 2022 will keep the price written above. Regarding changes of the market price of the materials and components, sale prices after end of 2022 can have change slightly. We will do our best to keep prices in the future competitive and effective regarding the current market situation.

Delivery and delivery time

Delivery time is 6 months after you place the order and we receive down payment. During this period your L CITY EV will be virtually assembled and all parts and components sent to production. After final assembly is planned it will take week to finish your L CITY EV. All information will come to you through our app.

We will take care of the delivery upon extra payment with the best car transportation companies in Germany and Europe. If you want to organize the pick up on your own from our assembly plant near Munich, this option is also available.

Payment and payment terms?

We offer flexible payment terms regarding an additional agreement between us and the customer.

Does the L CITY EV come with a warranty?

Yes, the L CITY EV except Germany’s regular statutory provisions for warranties come with 5 years warranty or 100 000 km for the vehicle, bumper to bumper, and 10 years special warranty of the battery pack. On top of that our special warranty of the battery pack gives you safety for long term use. It is good for two years or 100 000 kilometers, or 2 000 charge cycles.
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