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Australian EV-charging tech grows in US

Brisbane-based electric vehicle charger manufacturer, Tritium, has announced that it will be producing chargers for the US market in Los Angeles.

The company has opened a new site in the US city to increase production for the Americas region.

In addition to the Tritium DC chargers made on site, the factory will include a testing facility for automotive manufacturers to test DC charger interoperability.

Research and development (R&D) will also be carried out at the facility for customised customer needs.

At the opening of the factory, Tritium announced that it will launch the RT175s DC High Power Charger (HPC) in Q4 2019. This will be the most flexible and cheapest to install charger in its class.

“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,” said Jeff Wolfe, president, Americas, Tritium.

“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.”

Delivering energy at 175kW, the RT175s adds 110 miles (177km) in 10 minutes to an electric vehicle. The design is based on the Veefil-PK concept that is being installed in Europe with the IONITY network.

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.”

According to Tritium, the RT175s is ideally suited to urban areas and industry which require individualised solutions, such as port, fleets, and electric automotive industries.

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