Tritium helps city of Pasadena break e-mobility record

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The Marengo Charging Plaza in Pasadena, California

Tritium, a Brisbane-based DC fast charging technology company is helping to transform the e-mobility landscape across the globe with a hand in making the Marengo Charging Plaza in Pasadena, California, the largest public-access DC Fast Charging location in the U.S.

Tritium was awarded a contract from the City of Pasadena, California to install 20 Tritium RT50/50kW DC Fast Chargers. The addition of the 20 fast chargers, in combination with 24 Tesla superchargers, has made the milestone.

The Rooftop Marengo Charging Lot is located at 155 East Green St. and houses 44 DC Fast-Charging stations.

Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) manages and owns the Tritium stations. The community-owned non-profit utility is on track to have a 50 per cent green portfolio by 2030 with hydro, solar, and wind power already a part of its energy mix. Part of PWP’s green strategy is to promote the adoption of electric transportation. Every car that transitions from gasoline to electricity results in a 75 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), even counting those from power plants. As the grid gets cleaner, so does our transportation fuel.

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“We believe that Fast-Charging facilities like the Marengo Charging Plaza provide Pasadena residents and commuters with the confidence they need to drive electric,” says PWP assistant general manager Marvin Moon.

“We appreciate Tritium’s staff for the support they have given PWP both during and after construction to help ensure a great customer experience.”

In the short time before this official announcement, the chargers already logged more than 7,000 unique charging sessions combined.

Tritium’s Americas president Mike Calise said true energy freedom can only be realised when you no longer have to plan for a complete battery fill-up.

“Tritium is driving this but considering all the stakeholders involved in this ground-breaking project, it’s the City of Pasadena that’s the real leader for making this possible in 2020,” he said.

“DC applications are expanding well beyond corridor or city-to-city connections. This location serves EV driver needs at a much higher energy level for a typical destination or dwell time stay.

“Installations like this are changing the way drivers think about dwell charging. It’s a super-fast dwell charger available on Main Street America. At the end of the day, it doesn’t take until the end of the day to fill up! We’re passionate about making ‘DC Everywhere’ happen.”