Magenta Power, a startup supported by HPCL has announced its ambitious plans, to roll-out street lamp integrated EV Charger, ‘ChargeGrid Flare’ by April 2020. This new range of EV charging points, which the company claims to be the first of its kind in India, is incorporated within energy-efficient street lamp columns.
ChargeGrid Flare has been specially designed in partnership with HPCL, to offer energy-efficient street lights combined with EV charging point. According to the Magenta Power statement, "It is one of a kind product which offers integrated EV charging facilities from within a durable, traditional looking, street light. This unique technology, shall enable the city to deploy curb side vehicle charging more quickly, with lower cost, and lesser street clutter."
In the first stage, the EV Chargers, shall be installed at HPCL retail outlets, in the major cities across India. The company claims that its new EV charger offers an ideal solution for installation in both new and existing car parking, street/corporate parking environments and at retail outlets.
Commenting on the development, Maxson Lewis, director, Magenta Power added that, “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."
The company added that the entire charging and the payment gateway is already integrated into the ChargeGrid app.