Tritium has opened two R&D electric mobility innovation centres in Australia and the Netherlands.
The Tritium e-mobility centre in Brisbane serves as an expansion of the company’s headquarters and will be used to develop disruptive technologies for electric vehicles (EVs).
A portion of Electric Power Research Institute's $3.2m package, issued by the US Department of Energy, will be used to develop an extreme fast-charging system which is expected to add 475km of range to an EV in 10 minutes.
Last October, Tritium announced it will use US$400,000 of the fund to develop a develop a cheaper version of its Veefil-PK ultra-fast charger for EVs.
In Amsterdam, the e-mobility centre will allow manufacturers to test vehicle for DC charger interoperability, particularly with Tritium’s Veefil-RT 50kW DC Fast Chargers and Veefil-PK 175-475kW DC High Power Chargers, at no cost.
James Kennedy, Tritium’s co-founder, says: “Automotive OEMs now have a base in Europe at which they can work alongside Tritium engineers to solve issues and develop and test all aspects of battery/charger interoperability.”
Since the ‘soft-launch’ of the Amsterdam centre in February, Tritium has tested its chargers for compatibility with five unnamed automotive brands, electric trucks and bus manufacturers.
“From our perspective, this allows us to test advances in charging technology, such as vehicle to charger communications, vehicle to grid or bi-directional charging, support services and more,” Kennedy adds.