Magenta has set up India’s largest public EV charging station in Navi Mumbai. The charging station was inaugurated by Subhash Desai, Minister of Industry and Mining.
The public charging station is functional 24*7 with 21 AC/ DC chargers for 2-wheelers, 3-wheelers and 4-wheelers. Depending on the chargers can charge a vehicle in 45 minutes.
For vehicles that require AC slow charging, a parking bay has been developed which allows for overnight charging as well.
These chargers can be operated through the ChargeGrid App with online remote monitoring which includes an automated payment gateway, thereby eliminating the need of having a station marshal to monitor, maintain & operate the chargers at the location.
These chargers are also powered by a combined 40 KW rooftop solar power.
The setting up of this public EV charging station in Mumbai is a revolutionary move to support the government initiative of setting up 400,000 charging stations to meet the requirement for two million Electric Vehicles that could potentially ply on its roads by 2026.
According to the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles – there are 1,800 charging stations in India as of March 2021 for approximately 16,200 electric cars, including the fleet segment. Hence, this move by Magenta is seen as a stepping-stone to fulfill the vision of achieving the desired number of EV chargers by 2026.
Magenta intends to pump in Rs. 30 Cr. to build its charger development and manufacturing unit for India and for exports. This integrated charging plus development plus manufacturing unit will cater to the development and production of the AC chargers along with the streetlamp chargers. With its second R&D center in the same location, the company intends to employ 170 people in the coming year.
The integrated charging plus development plus manufacturing will provide Magenta with an opportunity to become an end-to-end ‘Socket to Software’ solution provider for EV charging.
Maxson Lewis, MD & Co-founder of Magenta Group said, “The year 2021 has presented a great responsibility and opportunity to fast track the development of electrification and electric vehicles (EV) by utilizing the strengths made available to us at Magenta. The impact of the pandemic has led to an emergence of a new consumer who is eager to be healthy, breathe clean air and build a better, more resilient world for the next generation. We at Magenta aim to strengthen this vision and grow forward many leaps in the years to come.”
“Maharashtra has been in the forefront of EV development. Under our draft Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy 2021, we aim to bring at least 1,46,000 new battery-operated electric vehicles (BEVs) on state roads by 2025, estimated to comprise about 10% of all new vehicles registrations by that time. We support our very own local start-ups like Magenta to drive the adoption of EV in the state and in the country and soon globally,” said Subhash Desai, Hon. Minister of Industry and Mining