From pv magazine India

Magenta power, a Mumbai-based electric vehicle charging startup backed by Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL), opened India’s largest public electric vehicle charging station at Navi Mumbai.

The facility was inaugurated by the Minister of Industries and Mines of Maharashtra, Subhash Desai.

“Maharashtra has been at the forefront of the development of electric vehicles. As part of our 2021 Electric Vehicle Policy Project, we aim to bring at least 1,46,000 new battery electric vehicles onto national roads by 2025, ”said the Minister. “We are supporting our own local startups like Magenta to drive the adoption of electric vehicles in the state and the country and soon in the world.

Magenta’s first public charging station will be operational 24/7. The station has four DC chargers from 15kW to 50kW capacity and 17 AC chargers from 3.5kW to 7.5kW. Fast DC chargers can charge a vehicle in 45 minutes. A parking lot has also been developed to allow overnight charging of electric vehicles via slow AC chargers.

Chargers can be used through the ChargeGrid app. The app allows for online remote monitoring and includes an automated payment gateway. The chargers are powered by a 40 kW rooftop combined solar power plant.

“The establishment of this public charging station for electric vehicles in Mumbai is a revolutionary initiative to support the government’s initiative to set up 400,000 charging stations to meet the needs of the 2 million electric vehicles that could potentially be in circulation. on its roads by 2026, ”said Magenta.

“Currently, according to the electric vehicle industry body, the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles, there are 1,800 charging stations in India as of March 2021 for around 16,200 electric cars, including the fleet segment. ”

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