Firms Join Forces for Networked DC Fast-Charging in the U.S.
California-based ChargePoint and Melbourne, Australia-based Tritium have disclosed a partnership whereby Tritium will supply its Veefil brand DC fast chargers for networked electric vehicle charging installations across the U.S.
It’s the first U.S. contract for Tritium, states a release.
The liquid-cooled Tritium fast-charge units have a power output of 50 kilowatts, sufficient to provide up to 80 miles or 128 kilometers worth of electricity in just 20 minutes via SAE-Combo connector or CHAdeMO connectors. Tesla drivers will be able to use the CHAdeMO connector with an adapter slated to go on sale shortly, the companies say.
“ChargePoint approached us because it was attracted by both the design and unique technology of the Veefil, plus the fact that it is extremely simple for the EV owner to use,” Tritium CEO David Finn says in the collaboration announcement.
“We were looking for a strong partner in the U.S. which had excellent distribution and an established network throughout the country,” he said. “I’m excited by the rate and high volume at which ChargePoint will be able to deploy our product into this market and its commitment to establishing a major network of DC fast chargers.”
The Tritium units will be installed on major routes across the country and will be part of a ChargePoint network of more than 21,000 EV charging stations, ChargePoint says, noting that it recently partnered with Volkswagen and BMW to build express charging corridors on both the east and west coasts of the U.S. (F&F, January 23).
‘Drivers Can Depend on An EV as Their Only Vehicle’
“These stations can be used by any EV equipped with fast charging and will be installed in convenient locations where drivers need them most,” said ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano. “With access to fast charging stations along major routes, drivers can depend on an EV as their only vehicle.”
Exclusive liquid cooling allows “robust charging over a wide range of environmental conditions, including temperature, humidity and corrosive conditions – increasing reliability and reducing maintenance,” says the ChargePoint-Tritium release.
The Veefil charger is further said to have the smallest footprint and lowest weight of all 50-kilowatt DC fast chargers, increasing location options and reducing shipping and installation costs. The unit weighs just 364 pounds (165 kilograms) and boasts polycarbonate-and-aluminum construction.
Paul Sernia is Tritium commercial director.
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