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Tritium to roll out even faster EV charger, backed by Queensland government

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Brisbane-based EV infrastructure company Tritium has been named as the first beneficiary of the Queensland government’s $40 million Business Development Fund, with an investment of $2.5 million towards upgrading their industry leading fast charging technology, and boosting exports.

Tritium said on Thursday that the $2.5 million from the state government Fund would be matched by private investors, amounting to a total of $5 million to go towards bringing new products to market.VeefilFrontCarpark

Tritium’s award-winning Veefil 50kW DC fast chargers, which can give an electric vehicle 50km of charge in just 10 minutes, have been a huge export success – mostly in markets where EV uptake has been incentivised by government.

The rate of global demand from the Australian made and designed product has seen the company triple its manufacturing capability, with the move to a new, larger high-tech production facility in February this year – it’s second such upgrade in three years.

Tritium managing director, David Finn, says the investment will be used to produce a higher power Veefil charging unit, that can give EVs as much as 150km of range per 10 minutes of charge; as well as a lower power unit, that could be installed at homes or workplaces.

The development of a Veefil DC charger targeting residential use is interesting and, as Finn told RenewEconomy, would enable solar households to use their EVs as a mobile energy storage device.

But with Australia still lagging behind the much of the world on electric vehicle uptake, the focus for the company remains on its fast-charging technology.

“The 150km (Veefil unit) is the thing that will enable uptake of EVs – enable connection between capital cities,” Finn told RE.

“Any electric car with a DC charging g port can use it.”

Finn said this was also, most likely, the reason the company won backing from the Business Development Fund – announced last year as part of the Palaszczuk government’s Advance Queensland initiative.

“This is probably a support for innovation in Queensland economy,” Finn said.

“(Veefils) are an export market for now – a lot of our markets are incentivised.

“And while we’d love to see (similar) incentives here …at the end of the day the government is investing in infrastructure and technology.”  

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  • JeffJL

    As good as L3 chargers are I would prefer a roll out of L2 chargers at places people go to (shopping centres, restaurants etc). It makes more sense to me to have more chargers at these places where people are going to be awhile and the vehicles can be left instead of the expensive chargers where you have to be back in 20 – 30 minutes to move your vehicle.

    L3 chargers on roads out of cities on the way to locations would be a better spend of that money.

    • Brandon

      I believe the most important public charge network is the fast charge network. Level 2 is great, but it only helps when it’s there at the destination, not blocked by ICE cars, not being used by an EV, and in working order. I’m not saying Destination charging isn’t needed as well, but its clearly the secondary public network IMO.

      Destination chargers serve the purpose of reducing or eliminating time spent fast charging for a pure electric vehicle. A reliable comprehensive fast charge network provides the safety net that is always there to use whenever needed.

      • JeffJL

        Yep. Fast chargers between destinations and L2 at destinations.

        You put it much better than I could.

  • Brendan Lee

    I believe these will be a real boon to small towns that have been bypassed by freeways in the last decade. By having a ‘charge center’ in the middle of town, people can schedule a stop, spend an hour in the town, eat at a local cafe, visit attractions etc. I would much enjoy a road trip with a 1 hour stop every 5 hours for a recharge of mind, body, spirit… and car 🙂

  • Robert Comerford

    We just need to see affordable, appropriate cars for Australian conditions so these chargers can see some use here.