Wednesday, 18 November 2020 10:56

Tritium claims ‘world first’ launch of scalable electric vehicle charging platform

Tritium’s executive team (LtoR: David Finn, Founder & Chief Growth Officer; David Toomey, Chief Revenue Officer; James Kennedy, Founder & Chief Technology Officer; Jane Hunter, CEO; and Michael Hipwood, CFO) by an RTM75 at Brisbane headquarters Tritium’s executive team (LtoR: David Finn, Founder & Chief Growth Officer; David Toomey, Chief Revenue Officer; James Kennedy, Founder & Chief Technology Officer; Jane Hunter, CEO; and Michael Hipwood, CFO) by an RTM75 at Brisbane headquarters

Brisbane-based electric vehicle (EV) charging company Tritium has unveiled the “next stage” in EV charging technology, claiming a “world first” with the launch of its Modular Scalable Charging (MSC) hardware platform.

As part of the launch, Tritium also revealed the first charger built on the platform with the unveiling of its next-gen RTM75 DC Fast Charger, allowing drivers to add 75 km (46 mi) of range to an electric vehicle in 10 minutes of charging - and also allowing for simultaneous charging of two vehicles at once and built with “urban, retail, fleet and public environments in mind”.

“This has been something the industry and our customers have asked for over the years, and we are the first company in the world to deliver it,” said Jane Hunter, CEO of Tritium.

“With our MSC platform, 50kW DC chargers can quickly be upgraded to 75kW, 100kW, and beyond, without a rip-and-replace required.”

“This solution is future-proofing governments and network operators across the globe, something they have been crying out for. No longer is a charger just a charger; instead, it’s a first step to meet the needs of both today’s and tomorrow’s electric vehicles.”

According to Trititum, the platform enables “true future-proofing of charger networks from the needs of today to those of tomorrow”, and “there is no longer a requirement that network operators or governments pre-order and install chargers from a set of prefabricated charging options, often set at 50kW (fast or rapid chargers), 175kW or 350kW (high power or ultra-fast chargers)”.

Instead, with the platform, Tritium says:

1. Customers will for the first time be able to scale MSC-designed chargers in 25kW increments rather than having to add or replace the charger to suit future needs.
2. Charger power can be increased from a baseline of 25kW up to 350kW and beyond, pending the scalability of the MSC-designed charger.
3. All that is required is the quick installation of additional power electronics modules.

Tritium sayd the MSC hardware platform allows for the “quick installation of additional power electronics modules within each MSC-designed charger, such as the RTM75 and future iterations of Tritium chargers”.

“For instance, charger operators can purchase an RTM75 charger but start at 25kW or 50kW, pending their current power requirements, and scale to 75kW as their charging needs increase.”

“The MSC hardware platform provides the next level of capital efficiency and scalability while still providing all the great attributes Tritium’s products have become known for: design, slimness, and low maintenance,” said Dr David Finn, Chief Growth Officer and Founder, Tritium.

“The electrification of transportation is at tipping point, so our customers want to know how they can easily extend their charging site capacity over the coming years. They want no regrets and capital efficient scaling of their charging sites. Tritium’s MSC Hardware Platform allows our customers to scale their charging sites for half the price and configure their charging sites for a desired reliability.”

“The MSC platform will allow Tritium to rapidly deploy new product and our aim is to provide at least one new product every quarter to address the needs of customers servicing the home/workplace, public, fleet depot, segments. The first product on the MSC Hardware Platform is the RTM75, with the PKM150 and PKM350 following in 2021.”

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