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MICHAEL WRAY | Courier Mail | 15 September 2018
BRISBANE-based technology firm Tritium has won a lucrative US Government grant to develop a prototype high-powered charging system for electric vehicles.
The company, which is a global supplier of high-powered chargers, was allocated $US400,000 under a wider $US80 million push from the US Department of Energy to support advanced vehicle technologies.
Partnering with independent US non-profit the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Tritium will develop a custom version of its Veefil-PK high-powered charging head and provide input for system design and testing.
EPRI total grant was $3.2 million to develop an “extreme fast charging system” capable of connect to the US power grid.
Tritium engineering director and co-founder James Kennedy said the company would use its expertise in electric vehicle charging to build an advanced system that is “easy to scale, repeat and manufacture”.
“The solution the project team develops will result in a system with a smaller footprint, higher efficiency and lower cost of ownership,” he said.
“We’re looking forward to collaborating with the other partners.
“The project will help us gain exposure to the rapidly developing US market.”
Tritium launched its first DC fast charger in 2014 and since then has become a leading global supplier with installations in 24 countries.