Brisbane-based Tritium Holdings Pty Ltd, a global developer and manufacturer of Direct Current (DC) fast chargers for electric vehicles has achieved two major milestones.
In mid-December 2021 it signed a global framework agreement with Shell to provide fast charging technology and services. This agreement is expected to help accelerate the supply of Tritium DC fast chargers to Shell’s business operations in Europe, South Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America, in pursuit of Shell’s ambition to operate 500,000 charge points by 2025 and 2,500,000 by 2030.
“This is a great opportunity for Tritium,” said Tritium CEO Jane Hunter. “We have been selling EV charging infrastructure to Shell since 2020 and we’re thrilled to have been selected as a partner to Shell in this latest tender. It’s a vote of confidence in Tritium’s products and services and we look forward to supporting Shell in their endeavors to reduce emissions and enable the rapid electrification of transportation.
“Tritium technology has been designed to provide fast, rugged and reliable charging in any environment, and we look forward to working with Shell and its affiliates to deploy DC fast charging infrastructure all over the world.”
Later in December, Tritium and Aqua superPower announced a strategic partnership to power electric boats. Acqua superpower is the first marine-specialised fast-charging network operator and has been rolling out its network of marine fast chargers, with recent installations along the Cote d’Azur and the Italian Riviera, another in Venice, and a further 150 chargers planned in 2022.
“We elected to work with Tritium for their forward-thinking technology, cutting-edge hardware architecture, and operational cost benefits,” said Aqua superPower’s CEO, Alex Bamberg. “The requirement for a joined-up network of reliable and fast marine chargers to create charging hubs and corridors for electric boat users is absolutely crucial if we are to secure the transition away from liquid carbon fuels. The fully sealed design of Tritium’s DC fast chargers and clarity of the user interface inherently provide the robustness and ease of use needed in the marine and freshwater environment.”
The charging speed provided by DC fast chargers is critical to the growth prospects of the e-boat industry. Aqua’s strategy is to supply reliable, high-speed charging to commercial and recreational marine craft users internationally.
Tritium’s IP65-rated technology provides the fully sealed, safe, and reliable charge that e-boat drivers need. The company’s RTM fast charger model was an ideal solution for Aqua with its twin CCS ports and simultaneous charging capability, enabling boat owners to spend less time charging. This is of particular advantage to commercial and working boat owners and operators, as the more frequent duty cycles made possible by the chargers make e-boat technology both more efficient and more beneficial for the environments in which it is used.
Aqua’s adoption of Tritium’s technology will promote its mission to reduce the impact of boating on the marine environment by developing an all-electric and integrated global ecosystem of marine fast chargers. The collaboration will expand clean commercial water transport beyond luxury yachts, to ferries, shuttles, and watercraft used for everything from laundry and food delivery to fishing and passenger transport.