Proterra Orders 57 Veefil-RT Chargers

News 03/24/2018

Brisbane, Australia 05 March 2018: Proterra, the US manufacturer of the world’s best performing zero-emission buses, has placed an order with Tritium for 57 Veefil-RT DC 50kW fast chargers. The chargers are the first for the public transport sector to be manufactured at
the company’s recently opened sales and manufacturing facility in Torrance, California and will be available to Proterra customers across the US.

“We aim to partner with like-minded companies,” explains Matt Horton, Chief Commercial Officer at Proterra. “Proterra needed to resource a reliable, standards-based J1772 CCS plug-in charger for our Catalyst® range of energy-efficient buses and were looking for a
supplier with a similarly innovative approach to technology with the capability to tailor their product to our specifications.”

After a trial of the Veefil-RT, Tritium worked closely with the Proterra team to provide a series of modifications to the software to meet the company’s requirements.

Greg Lary, who heads up Tritium in the US, comments: “Proterra wanted to partner with a company that not only had the capability to provide technologically-advanced chargers that matched their own market-leading vehicles, they also needed a relationship with a supplier who could support them as they expand and develop in this dynamic transportation market.

“The US is a major market for us, and now we have a sales and manufacturing facility in the country that replicates the high standards we’ve established at our global HQ in Brisbane, we are ideally placed to offer not only bespoke requirements, but also a full after sales service to clients.”

Tritium Background
Brisbane-based Tritium is a technology company that specialises in the design and manufacture of fast chargers for electric vehicles (EV), power-electronic systems and battery energy-storage applications. Established 15 years ago, it has gained a reputation with the world’s largest organisations and top universities for providing solutions when quality, reliability and performance are critical for success. Its products are operational on every continent around the world and are to be found in submarines, UAVs flying at over 40,000ft and even working in the extremes of Antarctica. In June 2016 the Queensland Government invested AU$2.5m in Tritium – one of the first companies to receive investment under a Business Development Fund scheme established to encourage  innovative businesses. Tritium  headquarters are in Brisbane in Australia and in January 2017 it opened a sales, manufacturing and service facility in California, USA. It opens a European office in Amsterdam in March 2018.

Proterra Background
With a vision to deliver clean, quiet transportation for all, Proterra makes zero-emission, battery-electric buses that help fleet operators eliminate fossil fuel dependency and reduce costs. With unmatched energy efficiency, proven by rigorous Federal Transit Administration testing, all Proterra® buses are proudly designed and manufactured from the ground up in the U.S.A. Reducing greenhouse gas and diesel particulate matter emissions without sacrificing vehicle performance or uptime, Proterra transit vehicles are backed by a team of
world-class service technicians and made to meet the needs of a dynamic transportation market.

The Veefil DC Range of Fast Chargers
In May 2013, Tritium launched an award-winning, 50kW DC fast charger for electric vehicles – the Veefil-RT – which is already recognised internationally as being the most technologically advanced in its class. Tritium is the only Australian company to design and manufacture EV fast charging stations and its Veefil units are now being installed globally on major charging networks and fast-charging highways. They are currently operational in 22 countries. In October 2016 the company launched two new products, creating a range of Veefil units that gives customers increased options to provide a charging service for vehicles that are privately owned and those employed in the business sector.

Why Veefil® technology is the most technologically advanced in its class
The Veefil range comprises the world’s most technologically-advanced fast charger for all EVs, supporting CHAdeMO & CCS/SAE-Combo standards.

All the products share a number of unique features:

  • Liquid-cooled, functioning in -35° C to +50° C (-31° F to +122° F). This makes Veefil products more robust than other chargers, over a wide range of environmental conditions, including temperature, humidity and corrosive conditions – increasing reliability and reducing maintenance.
  • Veefil products have the smallest footprint and are at least half the weight of most other EV fast chargers, increasing location options and reducing shipping and installation costs. The Veefil-RT 50kW DC fast charger and the Veefil-WP 12kW DC fast charger both fit neatly at the end of a standard parking bay within existing infrastructure.
  • Attractive design convenient for branding, easy to use – awarded 2014 Good Design Australia Award.