Tritium Opens World-Class EV Charger Testing Facility in Brisbane

Fast-charger developer Tritium has opened a world-class testing facility at its headquarters in Brisbane.

The new facility aims to accelerate the testing, prototyping, compliance and certification of products, allowing the company to bring them to market in a shorter timeframe and with greater cost efficiency.

The primary feature of the facility is the new electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) chamber with one of the highest power test capabilities in the world. With fully integrated AC and DC power feeds, the facility can deliver up to 720kW of regenerative power.

This is big news for Tritium as without the benefit of their own EMC facilities manufacturers must test and certify their products at publicly accessible ones, which often require advanced booking for testing periods as short as two weeks. This means, if retesting is required, manufacturers must return to the queue which can significantly slow the process to get new technology to market.

Tritium’s custom-designed chamber features a five-metre turntable with high-power connections, providing Tritium with the ability to test high-powering charging systems of both the charger and its power cabinet.

“As passenger and fleet EVs with larger battery packs come online, demand for higher-powered DC fast chargers is expected to increase. To get these chargers in the ground and installed, each new product line must pass rigorous test standards to ensure compliance with various regulations around the world,” said Jane Hunter, Tritium CEO.

The facility also plays host to two thermal chambers used to test equipment in extreme temperatures. The first chamber is designed to test full charging systems, while the second is meant for components and charger modules. Both have been calibrated to meet IEC and Underwriters Labratories Inc (UL) regulatory requirements.

“The more rapidly we can develop new products to meet the needs of this fast-evolving market and complete testing of those products for public use, the faster we can deliver those chargers that meet that demand. This cutting-edge facility is expected to enable us to deliver world-leading charging infrastructure to our customers across the globe.”

Tritium plans to roll out 17 new products over the next five years, and the presence of a testing facility will make it easier to get to market in time.


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