The Australian fast charging station manufacturer Tritium has opened a new plant in Los Angeles. Tritium now has expanded manufacturing and logistics capacities for the American market as well as a research and development department.
The Tritium Electric Mobility Innovation Center in Los Angeles will also have a test facility that will enable U.S. automakers to test their vehicles for interoperability with Australian DC charging solutions.
Jeff Wolfe, Tritium Americas President said: “We outgrew our previous facility in Torrance faster than we ever expected, which is a testament not only to the team we have and the technology we can produce but also to the growing demand for electric vehicle infrastructure in the United States and in particular California.” He specified that “We are seeing greatly increased product demand, both with our award-winning Veefil-RT50 product and with the upcoming US availability of our RT175s DC HPCs towards the end of the year.” Of the new plant, he said: “Our new facility will allow us to provide customers with unequalled logistics capabilities, uniquely-tailored solutions and local production.”
In addition, Tritium will introduce the High Power Charger RT175 with a charging capacity of up to 175 kW, specially developed for the American market and scheduled to be available from the fourth quarter of this year. The RT175 charging station is based on the Veefil PK concept, which is used throughout Europe by Ionity, for example.
Wolfe explained that “The market has determined what level of charge power it requires at the high-end of charging in the United States, and the answer is 175kW. There are almost no vehicles on the market that can charge beyond that range at this time,” said Wolfe. “We’re providing what the market wants while ensuring our customers can deploy these chargers both at scale and cost-effectively. With the proliferation of 50kW DC Fast Chargers, drivers will have all the choice in charge speed they require for the foreseeable future.”
Recently, Tritium refitted its chargers at Ionity charging sites with liquid-cooled cables that will enable charging capacities of up to 350 kW. The Australian company also presented its latest high power charging system at Cenex-LCV in the UK this September. The system for commercial use is scalable and capable of charging an electric vehicle with 475kW.