Tritium: Australian EV pioneer launches world-first scalable fast chargers

Australia is once again at the bleeding edge of developing electric vehicle charging technology, with scalable ultra-rapid chargers set to roll out.

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Future-proofing electric vehicle chargers just got a whole lot easier.

Australian company Tritium, one of the world leaders in ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging technology, has revealed a new scalable DC fast charger allowing companies to upgrade the capability of their infrastructure over time.

Rather than choosing between 50kW, 175kW, and 350kW chargers at installation and being stuck with your decision, companies will be able to install a charger and upgrade its speed in 25kW increments as required.

All that’s needed to upgrade the speed is additional electronic modules.

The first charger being unveiled with the ability to scale is the RTM75, which can be installed as a 25kW or 50kW unit and upgraded to 75kW as required.

Tritium says its technology is capable of scaling to 350kW and beyond, however.

“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, Tritium CEO.

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

MORE: Q&A with Jane Hunter

Tritium is a world leader in electric charging technology. Based in Brisbane, the company is one of the suppliers enabling the Ionity charge network being set up across Europe, and has more than 4500 chargers installed in 38 countries.

50kW DC fast charging something of a baseline for mainstream electric vehicles in 2020, although charge speeds are continually improving.

The 800V architecture in the Porsche Taycan currently allows for 270kW ultra-rapid charging, and is expected to eventually allow 350kW on capable DC chargers.

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