Magenta Power sets up India’s first solar based charging station for Electric Vehicles

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Magenta Power sets up India’s first solar based charging station for Electric Vehicles

Energetica India

The Government undoubtedly has been encouraging the move towards Electric Vehicles and the shift shall be more evident by 2030, understanding which Magenta already has begun its plan to build the seamless network of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, enabling easier adoption among the audience with proximity and making them future ready.

Magenta Power, one of the leading service providers of renewable energy solutions in association with Exicom, installs India’s first to boast Solar Charging Station (DC Fast Charge) for Electric Vehicles in Turbhe, NaviMumbai.The event was graced by Mr.GaneshNaik, Ex MLA and Member of NCP.

Called as Magenta Charging Station- 3, the new charging station will cater to four-wheelers.The newly installed chargers will enable electric car users to charge their cars at any time safely and conveniently. The grid-connected charging station will be powered by solar,which in turn makes the entire ecosystem totally free of fossil fuel. By reducing the carbon emissions to zero, it is the right solution for an eco-friendly environment.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Maxson Lewis, CEO Magenta Power said, “We are very proud to set up our first solar based Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Navi Mumbai. It is also India’s first Solar based EV charging station. Solar panels and electric vehicles are the perfect match that are certainly going to play a key role in the energy systems of the next 25 years. As the nation moves towards clean and affordable power for all, it is our attempt to provide customers with the best solutions for a greener tomorrow”.

The Government undoubtedly has been encouraging the move towards Electric Vehicles and the shift shall be more evident by 2030, understanding which Magenta already has begun its plan to build the seamless network of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, enabling easier adoption among the audience with proximity and making them future ready.

Magenta has aggressive plans in EV space and aims to set up 100 charging stations at various locations in Mumbai and is in discussions with various stakeholders to this end.

Energetica India catches up with MrMaxson Lewis, Managing Director, Magenta Power to learn more about a new niche in the renewable energy industry.

Energetica India: What plan does Magenta Power have in the field of EV charging stations?

Maxson Lewis:The Magenta motto is to increase the generation, adoption and utilisation of green energy. Magenta has already set up India’s first Solar based EV charging station. Our network of EV charging stations on the Mumbai-Pune highway is ready and the inauguration is scheduled shortly. Our common network platform for the charging stations under our brand ChargeIn is in beta version. This platform allows for charging stations irrespective of brands, charging protocols to be integrated on this network. Remote monitoring and payment can all be managed using our ChargeIn platform. From a customer viewpoint, this helps standardise the charging experience rather than having multiple apps and platforms to deal with.

We are running EV training workshops to build the entire ecosystem. We are tying up with couple of technical and engineering colleges to establish centers of competence for Electric vehicles in India. While we know there are not enough electric vehicles on India roads for a business case to establish all this, we believe it is important to make a start and we feel proud to the first few who are taking this leap into the future of e-Mobility in India

Energetica India: What are the challenges in making sure that EV charging stations are supplied clean energy only?

Maxson Lewis:Most of the charging stations draw power from the grid. This is NOT solving the pollution problem but shifting is from the tail pipe to the chimney stack of power plants. We believe the solution lies in negating the problem not shifting it. Hence at Magenta we look for opportunities to feed clean power to these stations wherever possible.

The two hinderances to that are

1.) Upfront cost of installing solar based system

2.) Availability of rooftop area for solar

The second problem is easily solveableand for the first one we have developed a business proposition which makes the cost of solar redeemable in 3 years depending on the number of vehicles serviced by the charging station.

Another technical challenge we are trying to solve to go totally green for charging stations is the power backup. We are working on solutions using end of life batteries so that the net carbon impact is as low as possible.

Energetica India: What kind of government support is lacking for the industry to have sustainable growth?

Maxson Lewis:Since this is a fledgling ecosystem, the government support is required to establish the policies, standards and protocol. We believe that while the government is doing its best, but a lot more needs to be done. Let’s take for instance the state wise policies for unit rate of power for charging stations. While some states like Maharashtra have the policy in place, at the ground level this has not yet been implemented.

Likewise, for subsidies on charging stations, there is a policy but the process in not yet in place. The government needs to be a stimulant for growing the industry and not a part time player to the ecosystem

| Article published on 30/10/2018 by Moulin

 
 
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