Magenta Power, a Mumbai based electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions start-up supported by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), plans to roll out a new range of EV charging points incorporated within energy-efficient street lamp columns by next month.
The ChargeGrid Flare, designed in partnership with HPCL, shall enable faster deployment of curbside vehicle charging with lower cost and less street clutter than other approaches.
Speaking to pv magazine, Magenta Power managing director Maxton Lewis said: “The base price [for ChargeGrid Flare] is Rs 95,000 plus taxes and installation cost as per site requirements. The charger socket is IEC (supporting 2W, 3W and 4W) or Type 2 AC.
This being AC charger, the charging time for four-wheelers can range from four hours onwards depending on the vehicle battery.”
“The ChargeGrid Flare is meant for destination charging, so when cars are parked they can go on charging mode.”
Magenta Power already has a firm plan to install 500 of ChargeGrid Flare by the end of year 2020, Lewis told pv magazine.
In the first stage, the ChargeGrid Flare EV chargers shall be installed at HPCL retail outlets, in major cities at pan India level. These are also an ideal solution for installation within both new and existing car parking, street/corporate parking environments and at retail outlets.
The ChargeGrid Flare chargers are easy to install and can be located by EV users using the ChargeGrid app. The entire charging and the payment gateway is already integrated into the ChargeGrid app.
Maxson shared, “Understanding the existing EV challenges, what we are aiming to do is, instead of getting the car parked next to a charging station we bring the charging station to where the car is parked. This product is made specifically for India with low footprint and power situations. With ChargeGrid Flare, we can build a dense and convenient EV charging infrastructure at low cost, with less clutter to the existing city landscape.”
The ChargeGrid Flare was launched by HPCL Chairman & Managing Director Mukesh Kumar Surana at HPCL’s Annual Regional Managers’ Conference 2020.