The UK is set to get at least 2500 new electric vehicle (EV) chargers with a new deal signed with Brisbane-born fast charging tech company Tritium, making the UK one of the largest charging networks in the world.
Tritium has signed a deal with BOX ENERGI to be the sole supplier of DC rapid chargers for sites across the United Kingdom for its DRIVE ENERGI network.
DRIVE ENERGI is targeting to complete the installation of 2500 charging locations by 2025, with at least 100 sites to be live by the end of January 2020. Once completed, the DRIVE ENERGI network will be among the largest single-country DC rapid charging networks in the world and, given the size and geographic range of the potential sites of the network, will effectively eliminate range anxiety in the UK.
DRIVE ENERGI CEO James Moat said, “These chargers are not only the fastest and most advanced in their class, but incredibly easy to use and, with the world’s smallest physical footprint, to deploy as well – particularly in our cities and high-density areas where space is increasingly limited”.
Each site will feature up to two Tritium Veefil-RT 50kW DC Rapid Chargers – capable of adding 100km or 60 miles of range in 20 minutes of charging, or more than three times the average daily commute in the UK – along with a number of lower power AC chargers. By comparison, a 7kW charger – typically found in a home or some publicly-available sites in the UK – can add about 14km or just over nine miles every 20 minutes.
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In addition to working with DRIVE ENERGI to install the chargers, Tritium will supply 24/7 support for the network, including on-site support where and when required. Each charger features a modem that is constantly transmitting data to Tritium’s team of support engineers, who can also be contacted via phone at any time.
Further, each charger manufactured by Tritium is certified to comply with stringent ISO standards for quality, health and environment.
The company recently opened its state-of-the-art Tritium E-Mobility Innovation Centres in Brisbane and Amsterdam. The new and upgraded facilities will respectively allow the company to ramp up its R&D and increase production levels to cater for the rising demand in charging infrastructure across the globe. As the DRIVE ENERGI network is slated to be Tritium’s largest deployment of Veefil-RT 50kW DC Rapid Chargers for a single network, the increase in production capability is timely.
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“As the nation increasingly looks to electrify transportation, and as the ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) scheme comes into effect, the need for reliable, smart and easy-to-use charging infrastructure is critical,” Tritium business development manager for UK and Republic of Ireland Kevin Pugh said.
“DRIVE ENERGI is an exciting addition to the market with a vision to build a new network offering charging confidence with the EV driver’s needs at its core.
“With the average daily commute in the UK in the vicinity of 20 miles, a single 20-minute charge will add about three days of range to an EV. The sheer scope of the proposed DRIVE ENERGI network means that people will easily be able to find a charger, no matter where they are and no matter when they need it.”
DRIVE ENERGI will be a mix of publicly available and private charging solutions across the UK – the private charging options will be catered to the increased electrification of private fleets across the country.