Brisbane-based EV charging specialist Tritium has won a share of $3.2 million in US federal funding awarded to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for developing an extreme fast charging system that can connect to the grid.
EPRI has allocated about $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 project lets us use our expertise in EV charging to build an advanced system that is easy to scale, repeat and manufacture,” says James Kennedy, Tritium engineering director and co-founder. “The solution the project team develops will result in a system with a smaller footprint, higher efficiency and lower cost of ownership.”
Tritium is one of several companies partnering with EPRI to develop a system for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) high-powered charging with a DC connection to the medium-voltage grid.
The system is designed to reduce the impact on the grid, according to Tritium, while providing the ability to charge multiple EVs quickly at ‘extreme’ levels while providing physical and cybersecurity protection for the infrastructure.
“Electrification of transportation presents opportunities for massive decarbonisation, increased productivity and customer satisfaction,” adds EPRI vice president of integrated grid Mark McGranaghan.
“Our collaborative team will dig deeper into options for faster, flexible and more efficient vehicle charging, which could be key to maximising the impact and acceleration of electrifying fleets of vehicles.”