Mumbai-based EV charging solutions company Magenta Power and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) have inaugurated ‘ChargeGrid Flare’, a streetlamp integrated electric vehicle charger at HPCL Bandra Kurla Complex outlet in Mumbai and Nitimarg T&E outlet in Delhi.
The new class of EV charging points is claimed to be the first in India to incorporate within energy-efficient streetlamp columns, which will encourage EV adoption for flexible and low-cost charging solutions.
The ChargeGrid Flare is inclusive of a power-saving efficient LED lamp, robust street light pole and electric vehicle supply equipment made for Indian climatic conditions enabling online and remote monitoring of the chargers. It has an automated payment gateway through the ChargeGrid App, thereby eliminating the need of having a station marshal to monitor, maintain & operate the chargers at the location.
Magenta Power says the new EV charger is an ideal solution for installation into both new and existing car parking, street/corporate parking environments, and retail outlets. The technology will enable cities to deploy curbside vehicle charging infrastructure rapidly, and less street clutter than other approaches. Designed exclusively to offer an energy-efficient streetlight combined with an EV charging point, it is a one-of-a-kind product, which offers integrated EV charging facilities from within a durable, traditional-looking, streetlight.
Maxson Lewis, MD, Magenta said, “We are happy to announce the installation of our first ChargeGrid Flare product at HPCL fuel stations at Mumbai and Delhi. The product was supposed to roll out in April 2020, along with multiple pilot projects to be commencing immediately post the launch. However, due to the Covid-19 impact we decided to delay the installations and now we are happy that 2021 starts off on a high note with this first installation now at the HPCL centres. We aim at deploying 1,000 ChargeGrid Flare across India in this year and are in touch with OEM’s and fuel stations for the same. We look forward to work rigorously in 2021 and make up for the year gone by.”
Rajnish Mehta, executive director – Hindustan Petroleum Corporation said: “We are proud of our startup Magenta Power to design this unique charger solution tailor-made for Indian cities. As India moves towards the adoption of sustainable practices, we will continue to provide support to Magenta to develop the best sustainable energy solutions and look forward to quickly add more cities to this exciting transformation.”
Magenta aims to install more than 1,000 ChargeGrid Flares across India by end-2021. The company also recently announced the launch of a new business associate program to set up low-cost EV charging stations in India.