Q2 2019

8 EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q2 2019 , Tritium Opens State-of-the-Art R&D and Innovation Centres in Europe and Australia The TritiumE-Mobility Innovation Centre in Amsterdamassisting AutoManufacturers to test interoperability capabilities and enable charge/battery advances. Both facilities ensure Tritium remains at the forefront of EV charging, E-Mobility and innovation. Tritium, a world leader in electric vehicle (EV) DC fast charging technology, has opened its state-of-the-art research and development (R&D) centre and laboratory, the largest of its kind in the world and the global centre for Tritium’s additional R&D and testing facilities in Europe and North America. The Tritium E-Mobility Innovation Centre in Brisbane, Australia, is part of a major expansion of Tritium’s headquarters. The shift to the new facilities will help increase production rates and allow for much faster time-to-market, and further enable the rapid development of technologies which will continue to shape the EV roadmap. In addition, the company also announced the opening of its Tritium E-Mobility Innovation Centre at its facilities in Amsterdam. This Centre is strategically located in the heart of Europe’s automotive industry and allows manufacturers to test new and existing vehicles 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 to the manufacturer. James Kennedy, Chief Technology Officer and co- founder, Tritium, says the expansion of the engineering and research capabilities, in particular, made the construction of the Innovation Centres a necessity. “By the end of 2018, we were adding an engineer to the team every week, on average,” said Kennedy. “In engineering circles, this growth rate is unheard of. But as Tritium continues to expand, this rate of growth is absolutely necessary to cater to demand for DC fast charging and high-power charging.” The Tritium E-Mobility Innovation Centre makes up part of the facilities in Amsterdam, which were opened a year ago. “The Centre in Amsterdam was developed with the needs of the European Automotive industry in mind and it’s now being used by OEMs on a daily basis,” said Kennedy. “Previously, testing had to be carried out at various automotive festivals, or we would have to deliver temporary chargers across borders, in some cases to manufacturers, and seek their return at a later date. The process was cumbersome and hindered innovation. “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, including communications and other technical advances inherent in the next wave of EVs.” Since the soft-launch of the Centre in February, Tritium has tested its chargers for compatibility with five automotive brands, as well as electric truck and bus manufacturers. This will effectively shorten the development and time-to-market for various new electric vehicle models. “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,” said Kennedy. “The Innovation Centre is uniquely placed in the heart of European automotive innovation to ensure we can work with the industry to accelerate the development of new EVs and the next wave of charging infrastructure needed to power them.” Innovation Centre “to push the boundaries” and re-define E-Mobility possibilities The Tritium E-Mobility Innovation Centre in Australia is home to expanded R&D, engineering, support, sales and marketing teams. Tritium now employs more than 300 people globally, with the R&D and engineering teams the same size as their executive, sales and marketing teams combined, ensuring innovation remains at the forefront of the company’s ethos. The new headquarters and laboratory will allow for the development of new and disruptive technologies which will continue to set the pace of innovation in the EV sector. In 2014, the company unveiled the Veefil-RT 50kW DC Fast Charger, the most advanced charger in its class and one which changed the design paradigm for charging infrastructure across the globe – and which has now been installed in 29 countries. In the past 12 months, the company unveiled its flagship Veefil-PK 350kW DC High Power Charger. The chargers are being rolled out across Europe as part of the IONITY network and can add 350 kilometres or 220 miles of range to an EV in just 10 minutes. The chargers are known to be the most powerful in the world, but Tritium has already begun working on technology which will push the Veefil-PK and EV charging even further ahead. Thanks to a grant of a portion of the US$3.2 million awarded to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) by the Department of Energy in the United States, Tritium will use the R&D facility to develop an extreme fast charging system that can connect directly to the grid. EPRI allocated about US$400,000 for Tritium to develop a custom version of its Veefil-PK high-powered charging head, along with providing input for system design and testing. “This is one of several research projects we have on the agenda,” said Kennedy. “We’re also working on technology which will enable our concept of Energy Freedom™ to become a reality in the very near future. By pushing the boundaries of innovation in infrastructure, we’ll continue to re-define the possibilities for eMobility and pave the road ahead for the EV sector.” Dec18586

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