Tritium announces first NEVI-compliant electric vehicle (EV) charger offering to help facilitate emobility transition in USA

Tritium DCFC Limited, a global developer and manufacturer of direct current fast chargers for electric vehicles (EVs), have announced it is now accepting orders for the company’s first product offering for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. The charging system will include four of Tritium’s 150kW PKM150 charging stations, along with two power rectifiers.

President Biden established the NEVI program upon signing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in 2021. The NEVI program provides $5 billion in funding over five years to help build a coast-to-coast network of qualifying DC fast chargers.

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Last September, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plans for all 50 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico, granting them access to FY22 and FY23 NEVI funding. 

Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Alaska, and Hawaii have begun to allocate their first rounds of NEVI funding and most other states are anticipated to provide access to funding in 2023. This initial round of funding totals more than $1.5 billion to help build EV chargers covering approximately 75,000 miles of federal highway nationwide.

Jane Hunter, Tritium CEO, said: “The NEVI program has opened up an unprecedented opportunity to advance the emobility transition in the United States, leading to a manufacturing boom in the country.

 “As we continue to scale production at our Tennessee facility, Tritium is proud to deliver a product that allows states to put these funds to use and provide US drivers with the EV infrastructure they need. 

“As the demand for reliable and accessible fast charging continues to grow across the country, Tritium will remain an industry leader, providing innovative and effective product solutions.

Tritium also had the pleasure of welcoming White House Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu to its Tennessee facility this week. He was given a tour of our state-of-the-art factory and engaged in a productive roundtable discussion with Tritium leadership and state and local officials. 

White House Senior Advisor Mitch Landrieu visiting Tritium’s Tennessee manufacturing facility earlier this week

The discussion covered topics such as workforce development needs and opportunities in Middle Tennessee to further advance the e-mobility sector, as well as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and how the NEVI program is creating manufacturing opportunities across the country, including for companies like Tritium.

Tritium’s first NEVI product is expected to achieve the FHWA’s Build America, Buy America Act waiver milestones which includes two phases announced by the FHWA last month. 

First, starting March 23, 2023, manufacturers were required to conduct final assembly and all manufacturing processes for any iron or steel charger enclosures or housing in the United States. By July 2024, manufacturers must also domestically source at least 55% of the cost of components used in charging equipment.

Tritium’s NEVI charging system delivers 150kW of power to four EVs simultaneously through a reliable and modular fast charger system. Thanks to multiple chargers and power rectifier units, the Tritium NEVI solution provides high site reliability and uptime.

Mike Calise, Tritium president of the Americas, said: “Tritium’s first NEVI-compliant product is a testament to our dedication to delivering comprehensive solutions for our US customers.

“Our new charging system is designed to achieve NEVI program requirements, demonstrating our commitment to advancing the U.S. e-mobility transition and helping charging site operators meet the NEVI program’s 97% uptime requirement. 

“As the industry continues to grow, Tritium is proud to lead the way with cutting-edge products and unparalleled customer service.”

Tritium expects to expand its offerings for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law programs, including the NEVI program and Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) discretionary grant program, as the company’s new products enter the market.

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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