The global leader in DC fast chargers, Tritium, has announced a partnership with EV supply equipment manufacturer DC-America to develop a federally funded EV charging network across the US, as per Electrek.
“Tritium and DC-America share the common goal of electrifying transportation nationwide through an accessible charging network,” said Tritium CEO Jane Hunter.
“We’re thrilled to partner with an industry innovator on a charging system that’s proudly made in America. We look forward to seeing DC-America stations equipped with Tritium chargers servicing drivers across the country.”
Tritium and DC-America’s extensive US charging network
The partnership agreed that Tritium fast chargers would be installed in DC-America’s charging stations.
Tritium’s modular and scalable 150kW DC fast charger, the PKM150, is what DC-America now provides with their system (pictured in the Tweet above).
“Designed for cost-effective operations and infrastructure deployment, the PKM150 is the ideal charger to pair with DC-America’s innovative system,” Hunter continued.
“Together, our companies’ products create an EV charging solution that is unmatched in its efficiency, reliability, and scalability.”
The partnership claims that the rollout plan is anticipated to meet federal Buy America standards. Furthermore, it will also be qualified for all 52 states and territories as part of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program.
“When deciding which chargers to pair with our NEVI-compliant system, Tritium was a natural choice,” said DC-America President Nathan Bowen. “With a reputation that speaks for itself, Tritium is an ideal partner in our efforts to deliver accessible and convenient charging infrastructure across the country.”
With the said government program, states will be given funding to install EV charging stations strategically. The initiative will get $1 billion annually for five years starting this year.
The US Joint Office of Energy and Transportation estimates that this funding will contribute to constructing EV chargers along over 75,000 miles of national highway.
In hindsight, Tritium opened its new EV charger production plant in Lebanon, Tennessee, last August. It is the company’s first US production location. It could make up to 30,000 DC fast chargers at full production annually.
Tritium also announced at the beginning of September that it had secured up to $135 million in new capital to deal with backorders for DC fast chargers and increase production capacity.
This innovative partnership illustrates how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act promotes the expansion of domestic manufacturing and electrification. However, more charging infrastructure projects would be required to accommodate the increasing number of electric vehicles on the road.