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Old 26th July 2019, 11:53   #1
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Default Magenta Power launches ChargeGrid portable EV chargers

Magenta Power has launched a portable and compact electric vehicle (EV) charger range called ChargeGrid.

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The ChargeGrid series is available in four variants including LITE, which costs Rs. 11,799, PRO-3P and PRO-T2 priced at Rs. 32,499 and Rs. 39,499 respectively and ULTRA, which costs Rs. 48,699.

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According to the company, ChargeGrid is a fully integrated, unmanned, payment enabled charging solution for EVs. The chargers are connected through a mobile app, which provides location of charging stations. Users can also book charging slots and pay online, get updates on charging and recommendations on time-of-day use.

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The chargers are weatherproof and have an LCD screen and LED indicators. The IEC socket is standard and the second socket can be a 16A domestic socket or a Type-2 connector. The Type-2 connector is suitable for EVs currently sold in India. However, the company claims that these can be modified to adapt to EVs that are yet to be launched.

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The ChargeGrid PRO series is said to be ideal for offices, malls and residential societies.

ChargeGrid chargers are available through Lynx, select auto dealers and on Amazon.

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Old 26th July 2019, 12:18   #2
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Great !!! For large scale adoption of EVs in our market, we need such chargers at scale. This should solve the problem of lack of charging infrastructure. I am sure in the days to come we will see many more similar product launches.



What we also need is a decent infrastructure of manufacturer backed fast chargers. Hyundai is taken a step in the right direction IMO.
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Magenta power also setting up 500 charging points by end of FY20 (March, 2020) across the country at petrol bunks, restaurants, malls and institutional entities. They roped in state-owned Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) as a strategic investor in a bid to accelerate deployment of electric vehicle (EV) chargers across India.

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Reminds me of the STD / ISD / PCO era.

That setup can actually come back and we can see people hooking up cars at multiple retail stores, kirana stores, etc.

Until we get mass wireless charging tech (the next level of disruption, similar to telephone-mobile transition in 2002 to 2004)
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Is it really going to be hanging on 4 screw mounts? What if someone just ups and runs away with it??
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Interestingly, the company has roped in the mighty HPCL as a strategic investor - link.

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Solar power systems provider Magenta Power has roped in state-owned Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) as a strategic investor as it bids to accelerate deployment of electric vehicle (EV) chargers across India, according to a top company official.

The company is targeting to set up at least 500 EV charging points across India by the end of this fiscal and has entered into partnerships with various malls, restaurants and institutional entities to set up of the infrastructure.

"We are happy to announce that HPCL is now a strategic investor in our company as well. They have evinced confidence in the work we are doing. They have actually supported us," Magenta Power Managing Director Maxson Lewis told .
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Magenta Power has launched a portable and compact electric vehicle (EV) charger range called ChargeGrid.
Looks good. Does anyone know if this is developed in-house, or is it simply sourced from China? Not that it's a bad thing. China is emerging as the leader in electrified vehicles.

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Is it really going to be hanging on 4 screw mounts? What if someone just ups and runs away with it??
Absolutely & totally possible in India.
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Looks good. Does anyone know if this is developed in-house, or is it simply sourced from China? Not that it's a bad thing. China is emerging as the leader in electrified vehicles.
There will be N number of market players who will come up with such solutions for electric car vehicles charging. Chinese players will for sure, slowly steadily squeeze in with lower cost equipment.

With reliability and safety of OEM charger setup/battery being questionable, at least for the first few years or till EV becomes just another car, a perspective buyer needs to be very cautious in buying/setting up such third party products. One way for these third party players to capture market, is to have a tie up with the OEMs. Buyer would definitely have some confidence, if such products are authorized and approved by OEMs to be compatible with their cars.
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The chargers are weatherproof and have an LCD screen and LED indicators. The IEC socket is standard and the second socket can be a 16A domestic socket or a Type-2 connector. The Type-2 connector is suitable for EVs currently sold in India.
The ecosystem, is slowly, but certainly evolving.

Additionally, differentiation in terms of fast charging kiosks, membership based priority services, on-road assistance (case you run out of charge ) etc. can be envisaged as well.

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Until we get mass wireless charging tech (the next level of disruption, similar to telephone-mobile transition in 2002 to 2004)
Norway already has plans to implement wireless induction based charging to support its grand vision for EVs.

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Norway’s capital city of Oslo will be the world’s first metropolitan area to install wireless, induction-based charging stations for electric taxis, in a bid to make a zero-emission cab system by as early as 2023, according to Reuters. Norway wants to go even further than that, however, and is mandating that all new cars sold in the country be all-electric by 2025.

To pull off the taxi charging system, Norway is tapping Finnish utilities firm Fortum, which is working with US company Momentum Dynamics and the municipal government of Oslo to install charging plates in the road that connect to energy receivers in the vehicles themselves. The goal is to make it as easy as possible to charge electric taxis, as doing so now is cumbersome, time-consuming, and expensive. Using induction, which is more energy efficient, the taxis can be charged as they wait in what’s known as a taxi rank, or a slow-moving queue where cabs line up to wait for passengers.

“The future is electric, and it is already here, right now. Wireless charging is a potential game changer,” said Sture Portvik, Oslo’s electro mobility manager, in a statement. “From 2023 onward, all taxis in Oslo will be zero emission. Together with the taxi industry we will make sure that the shift is as user friendly and efficient as possible. Oslo will always be at the front of innovation and we are delighted to join forces with two of the industry’s most progressive players in this game-changing move to launch the world’s most ambitious plan for wireless charging of a taxi fleet.”

Norway is only able to pull this off due to a number of logistical and economic factors. For one, the country has a population of only 5.3 million people, making it easy for the government to make large-scale, holistic changes to its infrastructure that in other, larger countries would take much longer and receive considerably more pushback. Additionally, as Reuters points out, Norway is not home to any automotive company that would fight taxes and other legislation that aims to incentivize citizens to use electric vehicles. As a result, Norway has exempted electric vehicle owners from certain taxes and given away benefits like free tolls and parking to those who use zero-emission vehicles.

According to Reuters, Norway now has the highest rate of electric vehicle ownership in the world, and it outpaces Germany as Europe’s fastest-growing electric car market. Last year, the country purchased a total of 46,143 new electric cars. That makes one of every three new cars sold in the country an electric one. By contrast, US citizens bought more than 17 million new cars last year, with just 1.2 percent of them being electric, according to the International Energy Agency.
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