Brisbane-based Tritium has begun charging, quite literally, into the global market of electric vehicle infrastructure, and this week took another major step forward by grabbing a sizable chunk of US funding from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a non-profit research organisation.
The funding, which totals $US400,000 from the $US3.2 million package handed over to EPRI by the US Department of Energy, will be used to develop extremely fast electric vehicle chargers that can connect directly to a medium voltage grid.
Once developed, these chargers will be able to charge EVs in a matter of minutes.
James Kennedy, Tritium’s engineering director and co-founder, talked to TheDriven about why this funding is so significant, and a potential game-changer, and what it could mean for Australian EV drivers.
He says EPRI’s partners on the project, which will be conducted over 3 years, include Eaton Corporation – a global giant in power management that turns over billions of dollars a year and has a presence in over 175 countries.
What Eaton doesn’t have though, is a presence in the fast-growing field of electric vehicles – but their involvement in this project will change that.