First-of-its-kind street lamp-integrated EV charger to encourage EV adoption for flexible and low-cost charging solutions
Magenta Power, a start-up supported by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), announced its plan to roll-out Street Lamp-Integrated EV Charger, called ‘ChargeGrid Flare’ by April 2020. This range of EV charging points will be the first-of-its-kind in India, and is incorporated within energy-efficient street lamp columns, which will encourage EV adoption for flexible and low-cost charging solutions.
In the first stage, the ChargeGrid Flare EV chargers will be installed at HPCL retail outlets, in major cities across India. The company said this EV charger also becomes an ideal solution for installation into both new and existing car parking, street/corporate parking environments and at retail outlets. These street lamp EV chargers are easy to install and can be located by users using the ChargeGrid app, which also includes the entire charging and payment gateway.
ChargeGrid Flare has been specially-designed in partnership with HPCL, to offer an energy-efficient street light 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, street light. This technology will enable cities to deploy curb-side vehicle charging infrastructure rapidly, with lower cost, and less street clutter than other approaches, the company noted.
Maxson Lewis, Director, Magenta Power, said the company is delighted in adding ChargeGrid Flare to its extensive portfolio of EV charging solutions. Understanding the existing EV challenges, Magenta Power is aiming to bring the charging station where the car is parked, instead of getting the car parked next to a charging station, he added. Lewis noted that this product has been made specifically for India, with low footprint and irregular 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.”