EasyLi? Few people know of it locally. And for a reason. The enterprise only arrived in Châtellerault, France two years ago. The company began by exciting a lot of interest in the green energy sector. After Poitou-Charentes Innovation, the company raised its capital by 23%. Poitou-Charentes Innovation is the French Institute of Renewable Energy. It is also an organization for public research, innovation, and job-training in the energy, transportation, and environmental sectors.
Half of Electric Bikes Used by French postal Service Equipped by EasyLi
It must be said that the company’s knowledge is unique in France. As it so happens, this knowledge allows the company to produce high-capacity lithium batteries (like those in cameras, but with even greater capacities) that have the advantage of being smaller, lighter, and longer-lasting than their leading counterparts.
Close to half of the electric bikes used by postmen and women in France are already equipped with EasyLi batteries. And starting in 2014, Easyli also began a commercialized system that allows individuals to store energy produced by solar panels or windmills and use it later for their own consumption- an option that did not previously exist.
The enterprise was created in 2011 in the Tours region by three engineers. “The technology was ready and there was a market for it,” explains one of the three founders, François Barsacq, who is the company’s CEO today. Their success was immediate, so much so that EasyLi had to rapidly find a second location. The location they found was north of Châtellerault, where, since 2013, they have rented 500 square meters from the Agglomeration Community of the Area of Châtellerault. The company has also just opened commercial offices in Germany and Italy.
EasyLi, who today counts close to twenty salaried employees, surpassed a revenue of 1.2 million euros last year. And the enterprise doesn’t plan on stopping. “Our business plan is to multiply our revenue by two in 2015,” confides François Barsacq. Our dream is to attain a revenue of 10 million euros as quickly as possible, to become a successful small business that earns half of its revenue abroad. We have to expand. We can’t just stop where we are!”
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Original article, originally published in French, here.
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