DC fast charger maker Tritium has officially opened the doors of its new EV charger manufacturing facility in Lebanon, Tennessee – its first manufacturing facility in the United States. Tritium intends to bring more than 500 new jobs to the state.
Tritium ($DCFC) is a global manufacturer of hardware and software for DC fast chargers (DCFCs), founded in 2001 and operating from offices in the US and Europe.
Tritium’s EV charging products have been used by partners such as Aqua superPower to expand electric boat charging on waterways around the world. On land, EV charging networks like Loop in the United States have also used tritium fast chargers.
Last February, Tritium announced a new manufacturing facility in the United States on the same day that CEO Jane Hunter met with President Biden.
Tritium also said all DC fast chargers built at the upcoming US facility are expected to comply with applicable Buy America Act regulations for domestic procurement as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Hunter said the following at the time:
Tritium’s investment in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the US is part of our strong push toward global growth in support of the electric mobility industry. We are pleased to be working with the US federal government and the state of Tennessee on this initiative. With the help of hard-working Tennessee residents, we expect to double or even triple our charger manufacturing capacity to fuel our product distribution in the United States.
Now, just six months later, Tritium is opening its first manufacturing facility in the United States, which is expected to produce up to 30,000 peak-capacity DC fast chargers per year.
Tritium’s new facility in the US to manufacture RTM/PKM150
Tritium marked the opening ceremony with a press release sharing some of its plans for manufacturing in the United States, Tennessee to be precise. Tritium CEO Jane Hunter spoke again today:
The opening of our Tennessee factory is a major milestone for Tritium, for Tennessee and most importantly for American riders. Up to 35 million electric vehicles are expected to be in use by 2030, and these vehicles will need more capable and convenient charging infrastructure. It’s critical that America’s charging infrastructure is built right here in the US. Americans will rely on it to get to work, school, doctor appointments, and more. It must be reliable and it must be able to grow with your needs. And when we make chargers here in the United States, we reduce supply chain and shipping delays and help build a manufacturing ecosystem that will employ more Americans.
The facility will initially start production of their RTM DC fast chargers with charging speeds of up to 75 kW. Tritium explained how effective its new United States-built DCFCs can be in supporting new legislation to expand EV adoption:
Compatible with all electric vehicles, these advanced DC fast chargers are compact, reliable and cost-effective, and are designed to meet the requirements of the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which allocates $370 billion to climate protection initiatives to reduce carbon emissions by around 40 percent by 2030. Additionally, Tritium’s PKM150 fast charger is expected to meet Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Buy America Act standards in Q1 2023, making this fast charger an ideal candidate for National Electric Vehicle funding Infrastructure (NEVI) program.
According to the company, the production of RTM chargers in 2023 will be followed by the PKM150 (pictured above). These newer DC fast chargers will give owners more flexibility as they can deliver charging powers of either 100 or 150 kW and up to four can be connected to one panel.
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