Tritium DCFC Limited, the global leader in direct current fast chargers for EVs, has recently opened its first US-based electric vehicle fast charger manufacturing facility in Lebanon, Tennessee, according to the Green Car Congress.
Over the next five years, the facility is expected to employ more than 500 Tennesseans, eventually contributing to the development of EV charging infrastructure and the achievement of US government objectives.
“I’ve worked in manufacturing for more than 30 years and I can truly say that this new facility is world-class. Like our products, we’ve designed our manufacturing process to be modular and scalable. This design allowed us to bring the Tennessee factory online in five months, which is one of the fastest setup times I’ve experienced in my career,” said Tritium Chief Operating Officer Glen Casey. “Our Tennessee staff are exceptionally well-trained and experienced, and I look forward to continuing to work with them to build the fast charger infrastructure required to electrify global transportation.”
The award-winning RTM fast charger will be initially manufactured by Tritium in Tennessee, and it is anticipated that production on the PKM150 will begin early the following year. These DC fast chargers are believed to meet the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) requirements and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Buy America Act standards in Q1 2023. Aside from this, they are all EV-compatible, compact, reliable, and affordable.
“The opening of our Tennessee factory is an important milestone for Tritium, for Tennessee and most importantly, for American drivers. As many as 35 million electric vehicles are expected to be in use by 2030 and those vehicles will require more powerful and convenient charging infrastructure,” said Tritium CEO Jane Hunter. “It’s crucial that America’s charging infrastructure is built right here in the US. Americans will rely on it to get to work, to school, to doctor’s appointments, and more. It needs to be reliable, and it needs to be able to grow to meet their needs. And when we make chargers here in the US, we reduce supply chain and shipping delays, and we help build the manufacturing ecosystem that will employ more Americans.”
With the PKM150 chargers, EV charging technology has advanced significantly, giving users more options when setting up charging stations between 100kW or 150kW of dual cable. Most notably, one power cabinet can accommodate up to four PKM150 fast chargers, saving customers money on hardware, installation, maintenance, and other costs.
The Biden administration’s aim to promote clean energy jobs and decrease carbon emissions was recognized as having a crucial role in the Tritium manufacturing facility.