Lamp post charging solution from India


There’s a curbside charging solution from India as Magenta Power unveils a street lamp charge post. The ChargeGrid Flare, designed in partnership with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) is for the Indian market first.

Magenta Power told pv magazine it has plans to roll-out 500 charge posts by the end of 2020. ChargeGrid Flare stations are to be installed at HPCL retail outlets in major Indian cities. The company also considers further uses at new and existing parking facilities.

While streetlamp charging facilities are not new, this solution has been designed with the low power grid of India in mind, said the company. The charger socket is IEC supporting 2W, 3W and 4W or Type 2 AC. The charging time for four-wheelers can range from four hours onwards depending on the vehicle battery, according to Magenta Power.

The base price for a station is Rs 95,000 (about €1,175) plus taxes and installation cost as per site requirements. Whether this is “low cost” enough for India as Magenta Power managing director Maxton Lewis said, remains for the market to decide.


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