Tritium introduces world-first plug-and go-charging solution

Brisbane-based electric charging solutions company Tritium has launched a world first ‘plug and charge’ solution for their electric vehicle (EV) charging technology.

The innovative technology allows EV drivers to approach any charging station regardless of the charging network operator and connect their vehicle for charging, without any need to create an account with the operator or tap their credit card.

Rather than having to pay manually by tapping a credit card, Tritium believes they have removed a barrier to EV adoption by removing the need to create an account or use their credit car. Instead, the plug and charge solution will automatically charge a nominated bank account once the charger is connected to the vehicle.

According to Tritium chief technology officer and co-founder James Kennedy, the solution is safer and more secure than paying with a credit card.

“There is no more need for a membership card or even to swipe a bank card at a terminal; this is the first and most secure iteration available to the market and, once deployed to critical mass, will render any former payment process as archaic,” said Kennedy.

“A third party, such as Hubjet – which provides an automated and secure data exchange enabled by ISO 15118-conforming Public Key Infrastructure – is responsible for cryptographic certifications between the vehicle and the charger, and our technology ensures we are securely storing cryptographic keys on the charger side in a way that other chargers can’t. You’re more likely to lose a card and have someone swipe it somewhere than by someone being able to access account details via our Plug and Charge technology.”

The technology has already been tested at numerous live sites across Tritium’s PK350kW DC High Power Chargers in Germany and at the Tritium E-Mobility Innovation Centre in Amsterdam, with successful results proving the technology is ready to hit the market.

Source: Renewable Energy Magazine | Tritium Launches World-First “Plug and Charge” Technology

26 May 2020

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