Tritium Teams With ChargePoint For DC Fast Charger Installs In U.S.

MAR 27 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 17

Tritium Veefil Charger

Tritium Veefil Charger

Three months ago, Tritium caught our attention when it announced the installation of Eastern Australia first fast charging network.

Now, Australia-based Tritium is U.S.-bound with its “award-winning” Veefil DC fast charger.

Tritium inked a deal with Chargepoint.  As part of the deal, Tritium will install Veefil fast chargers (SAE Combo & CHAdeMO) on “major routes across the country.”

The press release lacks detail, so we’re not sure exactly where these “major routes” are located or how many chargers will go in the ground, but there is quite a bit of info on the Veefil charger:

  • The world’s most-advanced 50 kW DC fast charger for all EVs, supporting CHAdeMO & SAE-Combo standards.
  • Delivers up to 80 miles or 128 kilometers in just 20 minutes.
  • The only liquid-cooled fast charger. Robust charging over a wide range of environmental conditions, including temperature, humidity and corrosive conditions – increasing reliability and reducing maintenance.
  • Has the smallest footprint and lowest weight of all 50kW DC EV fast chargers, increasing location options and reducing shipping and installation costs. It fits neatly at the end of a standard parking bay within existing infrastructure.
  • Weighs only 165 kg (364lbs). Its polycarbonate and aluminum construction ensures long-term stability of the entire enclosure, leading to lower maintenance costs.

Full press blast below:

Tritium and ChargePoint Partner for Fast Charging Across the U.S.

First U.S. contract for Tritium
Stations will be used to continue expanding fast charging on the ChargePoint network

Melbourne, Australia– Australian-based Tritium today announced it has signed an exclusive U.S. contract with ChargePoint, the world’s largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network. ChargePoint will install Tritium’s award-winning DC fast charging stations, the Veefil across the country. The fast charging stations have a power output of 50kW and can deliver up to 80 miles or 128 kilometers in just 20 minutes. The Tritium stations are able to charge all cars equipped for DC fast charging, using the included SAE-Combo connector or a CHAdeMO connector. Tesla drivers will be able to use the CHAdeMO connector with an adapter slated to go on sale shortly.

“ChargePoint approached us because it was attracted by both the design and unique technology of the Veefil®, plus the fact that it is extremely simple for the EV owner to use,” explains Tritium’s CEO, David Finn. “We were looking for a strong partner in the U.S. which had excellent distribution and an established network throughout the country. I’m excited by the rate and high volume at which ChargePoint will be able to deploy our product into this market and its commitment to establishing a major network of DC fast chargers.”

The stations will be installed on major routes across the country and will be part of the ChargePoint network of over 21,000 EV charging stations. ChargePoint recently partnered with Volkswagen and BMW to build express charging corridors on both the east and west coasts of the U.S. The stations will be ChargePoint branded, clearly marked as DC Fast stations and the connectors will be labeled so drivers know which is compatible with their car.

“These stations can be used by any EV equipped with fast charging and will be installed in convenient locations where drivers need them most,” said Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint CEO. “With access to fast charging stations along major routes, drivers can depend on an EV as their only vehicle.”

To use the stations, drivers just have to sign up for a ChargePoint membership (https://na.chargepoint.com/register). Drivers can find charging stations and see their availability in real-time at ChargePoint.com or with the free ChargePoint mobile app. To start a charging session, drivers simply wave their ChargePoint card in front of the station, use the ChargePoint mobile app or call the 1-888 number printed on the ChargePoint station.

Veefil® Unique Features

The world’s most-advanced 50 kW DC fast charger for all EVs, supporting CHAdeMO & SAE-Combo standards.
Delivers up to 80 miles or 128 kilometers in just 20 minutes.
The only liquid-cooled fast charger. Robust charging over a wide range of environmental conditions, including temperature, humidity and corrosive conditions – increasing reliability and reducing maintenance.
Has the smallest footprint and lowest weight of all 50kW DC EV fast chargers, increasing location options and reducing shipping and installation costs. It fits neatly at the end of a standard parking bay within existing infrastructure.
Weighs only 165 kg (364lbs). Its polycarbonate and aluminium construction ensures long-term stability of the entire enclosure, leading to lower maintenance costs.

About Tritium Pty Ltd

Tritium, based in Brisbane Australia, is a specialist designer and manufacturer of power-electronic systems and fast chargers for electric vehicle and battery energy-storage applications. A well‐known EV industry brand, Tritium produces state-of-the-art electric-motor controllers and battery-management systems for the solar car industry as well as for more traditional automotive applications. Tritium products are used by many of the participating teams in the World Solar Challenge Races from Darwin to Adelaide and the company’s world-leading technology is now found on every continent.

In 2013 Tritium won the Nova 106.9 Award for Business Innovation at the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Business Award and was awarded a prestigious 2014 Good Design Australia Award for the Veefil® Electric Vehicle Fast Charger.
About ChargePoint

ChargePoint operates the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, with more than 21,000 spots to plug in and charge. We are transforming the transportation industry by providing the charging stations, mobile apps, analytics and the charging network that allow property owners and drivers to benefit from EV charging. We are also transforming the energy industry by providing intelligent solutions to help people and businesses shift away from fossil fuels and use electricity more efficiently. Our mission is to get all drivers behind the wheel of an EV and provide them a place to charge whether at home, at work, around town or out-of-town.

More than 180 million gas-free miles have been driven on our network, and our drivers have collectively avoided more than 7.5 million gallons of gasoline and 55 million pounds of CO2 emissions.

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17 Comments on "Tritium Teams With ChargePoint For DC Fast Charger Installs In U.S."

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Looks nice. Maybe the liquid cooled units would be a better match for our high altitudes here in Colorado than the ABB and AV units that seem to malfunction so frequently.

It does look sleek, I like the design. However, 50kW doesn’t seem sufficient for future proofing. I wouldn’t want to wait for an hour to charge my 200 mile range BEV

Huh? Guess you’ve never owned a BEV.

Okay, well that comment isn’t very helpful. My needs involve traveling 375 miles in one direction. I want to stop no more than once to charge, just like a gasoline powered car. And I think the mass market will demand the same thing when true 200 mile BEVs come out.

To be clear, my issue is with FUTURE proofing as I noted above. These look like great chargers, but I see 50kW DCFC being the analog of 3.3kW charger in the future… Everyone will wish these things were 100kW (analogous to 6.6kW AC charging).

Ask someone at work if they feel like installing 20 or so 100kw chargers in the parking lot.

Unless you work for the electric utility, they may balk at the cost.

If these are being installed at workplaces, something is seriously wrong.

We need a national gas chain to embrace the tech and start putting some DCFC at their stores. Innovating for the future will keep them competitive if they’re forward thinking enough to recognize it. Some stations already have done so at local levels.

Well, depends on the operating price for these. Bjorn’s Chademo adapter story I think was around $42/hour for an avg 40 kw, charging rate.

Now what would a company charge for a true 100 kw charging rate?

Wake me up when this transpires, since I’m still waiting for an occassional 6 kw installation in the wild. I’ll be well into my next set of cars by that time.

seems like the USA is in the dark ages
when it comes to fast charging

lets see how the electric grid holds up
during those triple HHH summer days

its on its way lets not play catch up but catch on

rebuild the electric grid now

There’s a cost/benefit implied analysis here that few seem willing to make. Its true that places like France may have excess electricity available, especially since now the winter is behind us. But France also has a 75% Income tax that made famous film star Gerard Depardieu renounce his citizen ship to become a Russian, with their 13% flat tax. I can’t believe how so many people can spit at any modest attempt at quick charging. Many people, myself included even though I don’t have any cars to take advantage of it, would not snipe at a conveniently located, affordable 50000 watt charging facility. I currently take moderately long trips in a Roadster. This vehicle has inefficient recharging at 110 volts, which is the only thing in the neighborhood of Hornell, NY, or most other places around our southern NY State border. The only reliable facility in 100 miles is the Kohl’s — National Grid funded 6 kw dockingstation (200 volts @30 amps) in Olean, NY. SO hopefully next time I’m in the area and need a little bit more to get home, hopefully it will be accessible. So here I am, being eternally grateful for a whopping 6 kw facility.… Read more »

This export contract by Tritium is so pleasing in many ways.

At a time when our current Federal Government is almost at Game of Thrones state of war with manufacturing, science, and well almost anything collaborative and intellectual, here we have Tritium succeeding as a beneficiary of a Commercialisation Australia grant, a program now stopped by the current government.

If Tritium can be successful in world markets, perhaps then the locals at home might be more energetic to deploy fast charging in Australia. The EV market in Australia needs to celebrate small successes, one by one.

Two comments … First, with two plugs, I wonder if this DCFC station will be capable of handling TWO cars plugged in at once? Obviously one would have to be Chademo and the other CCS, but could the station split the power? The Tesla supercharging stations do this split, ramping the second car up as the first car slows down, and it is a very cool and useful feature. And it’s prudent too, because once a (non-Tesla) car’s battery reaches 50% SOC, it can’t absorb the full 50 kW anyway. Second, Chargepoint’s press release says the station “delivers up to 80 miles or 128 kilometers in just 20 minutes.” That is quite a distortion of the math. The station is capable of 50 kW max. The most efficient cars on the market consume 250-ish watt-hours per mile, have a ~20 kWh battery, and can absorb the full 50 kW only up to 50% SOC on that battery. After the battery is half-full, the power has to start ramping down. If you do the math, you get more like 60 miles of range in that 20 minute session, AT BEST, only if you started at 0% SOC — you rolled up… Read more »

I would love to install one of these DCFC on US HWY 27 in lake Wales Florida.

I work for the Georgia DOT and recently saw mockups of these exact chargers being installed at at least one rest area here in Georgia. I haven’t found anymore details about exactly when and where, but it was still pretty exciting to see it come through the office.

50 kW is relatively slow, but still very useful and I welcome Trillium to the US. My only question is the liquid cooling. I hope its rugged, resilient and durable, otherwise it could be just another thing that can fail and bring the station down.

Have been using one of these in Australia for a few months. A few teething problems but we could put that down to a very early build of unit as they had made a few revisions of various internal systems since. Test units in the arctic circle are apparently working very well in sub zero temps. handsets are not locked into unit when not used so prone to vandalism or damage. They also have created a fast AC backpack addon for the Veefil but not sure this with head to USA. Overall a good unit and should do well….

Can I just say I love Charge Point!? They’re the only RELIABLE network that fixes issues in the 100+ mile range around my home (Fort Collins, CO) I’ve been waiting on them for DCFC, especially since companies like Greenlots and EV connect (this implies their co-operators) want $5-$8 for 20-30 minutes on a 20 to 50Kw charger. We’re still sorting this thing out as pioneers and I see those two as price gougers.