Tritium has unveiled a new platform for scaling electric vehicle (EV) networks, in what it is says is a world first.
The DC fast charging technology company has developed the MSC (Modular Scalable Charging) hardware platform, which allows customers to increase the power level of chargers in 25kW increments up to and beyond 350kW.
This provides greater flexibility to customers, the company said, allowing them to ‘pay as you grow’ by scaling charging technology at a lower cost than having to add and replace chargers.
“This has been something the industry and our customers have asked for over the years, and we are the first company in the world to deliver it,” said Jane Hunter, CEO of Tritium.
“With our MSC platform, 50kW DC chargers can quickly be upgraded to 75kW, 100kW, and beyond, without a rip-and-replace required.”
Along with the scalable MSC platform, Tritium has revealed the first charger built on the platform with its next-gen RTM75 DC Fast Charger. These will allow customers to add 75km of range in just 10 minutes of charging, and simultaneously charge two vehicles as it is build for urban, retail, fleet and public environments.
Furthermore, the chargers are designed with ‘Whisper Mode’ to ensure they meet noise regulations, and a small footprint and sealed electronics, to further make them suitable for urban and other settings.
Dr David Finn, chief growth officer and founder of Tritium said that as the electrification of transportation reached a tipping point, it is important that customers can easily extend their charging site capacity.
“The MSC platform will allow Tritium to rapidly deploy new product and our aim is to provide at least one new product every quarter to address the needs of customers servicing the home/workplace, public, fleet depot, segments. The first product on the MSC Hardware Platform is the RTM75, with the PKM150 and PKM350 following in 2021.”
The RTM75 supports all charging standards on the market, including CCS and CHAdeMO, and can charge all batteries up to 920V.
It is fitted with Tritium’s Plug and Charge (ISO 15118) technology, which was first released in June 2020 and allows customers to pay through the charging cable that communicates with the car directly. This allows automatic and secure payment for charging without credit cards etc., and is managed with a set of digital authentication certificates.