Australia’s own award-winning global EV infrastructure maker, Tritium, has opened a new production facility in the United States capable of making 30,000 DC fast-chargers per year.
The Brisbane company, which lobbed on the Nasdaq stock exchange at the start of this year, is a major player in the US and Europe (the Ionity network) but maintains strong ties to its Australian roots and supplies much of this country’s DC infrastructure.
The new EV fast-charger manufacturing facility, located in Tennessee, is expected to include up to six production lines, create more than 500 new jobs over the next five years, and produce up to 30,000 DC charger units per year at peak capacity.
Its facility will initially produce the company’s RTM fast charger, but is expected to start production on the modular PKM150 flagship early next year – which is expected to meet Federal Highway Administration Buy America Act standards in Q1 2023, making it a candidate for US Government funding.
“The opening of our Tennessee factory is an important milestone for Tritium, for Tennessee and most importantly, for American drivers. As many as 35 million electric vehicles are expected to be in use by 2030 and those vehicles will require more powerful and convenient charging infrastructure,” said Tritium CEO Jane Hunter – herself an Australian.
“It’s crucial that America’s charging infrastructure is built right here in the US. Americans will rely on it to get to work, to school, to doctor’s appointments, and more.
“It needs to be reliable, and it needs to be able to grow to meet their needs. And when we make chargers here in the US, we reduce supply chain and shipping delays, and we help build the manufacturing ecosystem that will employ more Americans.”
The Tennessee facility was announced in February at a press event at the White House with President Biden, where it was highlighted as a key part of the administration’s push to create clean energy jobs and reduce emissions.
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