Switching to EV commercial vehicles and investing in EV charging infrastructure can save money and reduce Scope 1, Scope 2, and even Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions.
The first step to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is measuring how much greenhouse gases we currently emit. In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) in 2009 to do just that. Since then, it has surveyed major GHG emitters, including thousands of industrial facilities and suppliers of fossil fuels and other gases. US policymakers, environmental groups, the media, and scientists use the data to analyze and project global warming. Unless your company is a major industrial manufacturer or fossil fuel provider, you won’t have to participate in the GHGRP.
Still, you may be looking for ways to reduce your organization’s carbon footprint. The GHGRP program offers guidance for doing just that. This article explores the GHGRP and the ways you can reduce your organization’s carbon footprint—including transitioning from fossil fuel vehicles to electric vehicles.
If a facility emits more than 25,000 metric tons of CO2 per year, it must record and report those emissions to the EPA through the GHGRP. About 7,600 facilities currently report to the GHGRP. Combined, they emit 3 billion metric tons of CO2 per year, which is about 50 percent of total US GHG emissions. The EPA tracks another 1,000 fossil fuel suppliers. The EPA estimates that the GHGRP collects data on 85-90 percent of all US GHG emissions. The EPA has a list of industrial operations covered by the GHRP here. The EPA tracks total US GHG emissions in the US Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
According to the EPA, most office-based businesses, small businesses, and public institutions are relatively low GHG emitters. Most of their GHG emissions will come from electricity and vehicle usage. Small manufacturers will also have emissions related to refrigerants and other waste gases. The EPA has three categories for emissions:
Scope 1: Direct emissions from onsite combustion and mobile sources
Scope 2: Indirect emissions from purchased electricity and steam
Scope 3: Optional emissions–examples include product transport, employee business travel, and employed commuting.
The EPA offers guidance for identifying and measuring Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. Again, Scope 1 emissions include emissions from directly burning fossil fuels and other things like wood, yard waste, paper, etc. Scope 1 emissions also include any natural gas that may leak from pipes or tanks. Finally, Scope 1 emissions include emissions from any vehicles owned by the organization.
You can eliminate Scope 1 vehicle emissions by switching to electric vehicles (EVs). EVs emit no CO2 and can be charged with power generated with renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and geothermal. There are many other advantages to transitioning your fleet to electric. Electric vans, trucks, and cars can have a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than their fossil fuel-powered counterparts. According to a recent study by US electric power utility PG&E, a fleet of 20 medium-duty diesel-powered delivery vans will cost approximately $4.14 million over 10 years of ownership. The TCO for an electric fleet of 20 medium-duty delivery vans over 10 years is just $2.76 million. EV fleets also give organizations the opportunity to control transportation energy/fuel costs more tightly. It’s easier to estimate the cost of electricity than it is to estimate the fluctuating price of oil and diesel fuel.
EVs are much less expensive to own and operate over time thanks to the low cost of electricity and mechanical maintenance when compared to diesel vehicles makes. There are also many tax and other government incentives for commercial EVs and EV charging infrastructure. In the US, there are significant tax breaks and funding available to businesses that want to electrify their fleet. The recently passed US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provides nearly $370 billion to help combat climate change. Incentives include:
The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) formula program also provides $5 billion for DC fast charging sites. These funds are available now and some states have already started rolling out their NEVI programs.
Scope 2 emissions are generated by electricity production. If your organization purchases electricity generated by burning coal, Scope 2 emissions will be higher than if it purchases electricity from renewable energy sources. Many organizations don’t have a lot of choice when it comes to purchasing electricity—they usually must use electricity from whichever energy sources are available. But some utility companies offer the option to purchase all or a percentage of your electricity from renewable sources like solar or wind. Contact your local utility to determine if your organization can purchase energy from renewable sources. The EPA also offers advice for how to decrease Scope 2 emissions.
Scope 3 emissions come from any activities or assets not owned by your organization but are nonetheless the result of your organization’s activities. They include things like materials or product deliveries, business travel, and even employee commuting. Scope 3 emissions are also called value chain emissions and they often account for the majority of an organization’s GHG emissions.
The EPA has split Scope 3 emissions into 15 categories:
The EPA has more information about these categories and how to account for them here.
There are many ways that EVs can reduce Scope 3 emissions. Installing DC fast chargers at your office or facility can encourage employees to make the switch to electric, further reducing Scope 3 emissions. Organizations can also work with partners and suppliers to offer incentives to electrify delivery and other commercial vehicles. For example, a company may not own and operate the delivery vehicles for its product, but it can install DC fast chargers at distribution centers to encourage transport partners to electrify their fleets. Again, electricity prices can be more stable than diesel fuel prices, which lets organizations and their transportation partners plan more effectively.
To learn more about how EV commercial vehicles and DC fast charging infrastructure can save your organization money and cut GHG emissions, contact one of our experts today.
Not all EV chargers are equal. Like EVs, they come in many different configurations and offer different features. Whether you’re shopping for a personal electric vehicle or you’re thinking about electrifying your fleet, sorting it all out can be a chore. Here we’ll briefly explain the different types of chargers, how they work, and what it all means for people who use their EVs for at home or for business.
To make sense of EV chargers, the EV industry created three “levels” of charging that roughly correlate to charging power and speed—level 1 being the lowest power/slowest speed. This gives us a straightforward way to categorize and organize EV chargers.
Level 1 charging is the slowest and most accessible form of charging. It uses the standard home wall outlet (120v in US, 220v in EU) and your EV’s onboard charging hardware to charge your EV’s batteries. Level 1 charging usually delivers around 3-5 miles (5-8 km) of range per hour of charging. Not great, but if you leave your EV plugged in overnight you’ll probably have enough power to get to work in the morning. On the other hand, if you’re going on a road trip, it could take more than 30 hours to get 105 miles (169 km) of range. Level 1 charging is slow, but it’s cheap—the equipment comes with your EV and all you really need is an extension cord. If you have a short commute or work from home, you may not need more than level 1 charging.
But if you have a longer commute, or if you can’t wait a few days to fully charge your EV, you’ll need something faster. And if you’re running a fleet, level 1 charging won’t delivery anywhere near the power you need.
Level 2 is the fastest way to charge your vehicle at home. It uses the 240v power lines in your home that are dedicated to high-power appliances like clothes dryers, electric ovens, or central air conditioners. These higher-voltage lines provide more current (amperage) than a standard wall outlet, which means you can charge your EV faster. A level 2 charger can fully charge most passenger EVs in 8-10 hours, which is about three times as fast as a level 1 charger.
Depending on your home, you may need to have an electrician install a second 240-volt power outlet with its own circuit breaker to use a level 2 charger. Some chargers need to be hard wired into your home’s electrical system by a certified electrician and may also require a separate circuit breaker. Many can be used without a dedicated circuit breaker at lower charging levels. It’s also possible to use your existing clothes dryer outlet, swapping out the dryer’s plug for your charger’s when you need to. But before you use any level 2 charger, it’s a good idea to have an electrician inspect your home’s electrical system to make sure it can handle the power draw. High-power chargers and appliances can overload your home’s wiring, causing blown circuit breakers or even fires.
Level 2 charging may work great at home, but it won’t deliver enough power for businesses or fleets. They require more power to charge batteries much faster.
Level 3 charging doesn’t really exist as a category—it’s just a convenient way to categorize everything faster than level 2 charging. When a company or publication mentions level 3 charging, they mean DC fast charging.
Direct current (DC) fast charging is the fastest way to charge up your EV. Lithium-ion batteries store and release DC power, and there’s no way to charge them without first transforming the alternating current (AC) power in the electrical grid to DC power. Level 2 home chargers can only handle so much power. Commercial DC fast chargers connect directly to high-voltage AC power lines and have dedicated infrastructure for transforming it into DC power. Because of this, they can deliver much more power than level 2 home chargers. DC fast chargers can typically charge an EV from 20 to 80 percent in as little as 15 minutes. They are perfect for highways, retail environments, delivery vehicles, and even electrical industrial equipment.
DC fast chargers like our PKM150 are a quick and convenient way for EV drivers to charge up while they’re shopping, taking a road trip, or even grabbing a bite to eat. They will also be essential to “last-mile” delivery EVs that deliver goods from local warehouses to homes and businesses. Walmart and Amazon have both purchased electric delivery vehicles for last-mile delivery and they plan to purchase more in the coming years.
For a deeper dive into how DC fast chargers work, read our article here.
Expect to see more DC fast chargers at shopping centers, restaurants, rest stops, gas stations, and even convenience stores. Unlike gas stations, they can be purchased and installed by any business who has the space to install them. Modular chargers like our PKM and RTM series can be purchased and installed in “base” configurations and then upgraded over time to meet increased demand. According to a recent BNEF report, the world will need approximately 290 million more electric vehicle (EV) charging points by 2040 to keep up with the growing global EV fleet. The U.S EV market alone is projected to grow from $28.24 billion in 2021 to $137.43 billion in 2028.
If you’re interested in installing a DC fast charger for your business, contact a member of our sales team today:
In November 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Bipartisan Infrastructure Law), which provides $1.2 trillion for roads, bridges, mass transit, and other projects through 2026. The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program is part of that bill and provides $5 billion in funding for direct current (DC) fast charging sites. NEVI aims to establish a coast-to-coast charging network in the US. It supercharges America’s transition to electric vehicles and the EV charging industry in general.
US states will receive NEVI funds to purchase chargers and their related infrastructure. But there are some requirements and additional incentives involved. If you’d like expert advice about NEVI-compliance, reach out to one of our experts.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and US Department of Transportation have proposed regulations for NEVI-funded charging sites. These requirements cover everything from installation to data connections. The full list can be found on the US government website here, but here are some of the most important requirements:
Once a state has constructed the required number of chargers on designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, it can fund charging sites on other highways and within cities with any funds remaining. They can also add more chargers to existing sites to increase capacity and reliability. The federal government will cover up to 80 percent of project costs—the remaining must be funded privately or by the state.
Altogether, the vast network of charging sites will be able to charge millions of EVs and help move the US to a cleaner, electrified future. “A century ago, America ushered in the modern automotive era; now America must lead the electric vehicle revolution,” said US Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at a press event. “The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help us win the EV race by working with states, labor, and the private sector to deploy a historic nationwide charging network that will make EV charging accessible for more Americans.”
According to consulting firm The Brattle Group, there could be as many as 35 million EVs in the US by 2030, and those vehicles will need up to 2 million public chargers. NEVI will give states the funds to purchase and install those chargers, but it’s up to the EV charging industry to build and install them.
Tritium is opening a manufacturing facility in Tennessee that is expected to be capable of producing more than 10,000 DC fast chargers per year, with the potential to produce about 30,000 units per year at peak capacity. The facility will employ more than 500 people over the next five years and chargers produced in the facility should meet FWHA Buy America requirements starting in the first quarter of 2023.
Tritium’s current NEVI solution consists of four PKM150 150kW chargers with two power rectifier units. The chargers deliver 150kW of power to four EVs simultaneously through a reliable, easily upgradeable on-site charging infrastructure.
Thanks to multiple chargers and power rectifier units, the Tritium NEVI solution provides backup charging power for higher reliability and site uptime.
Many US states will start receiving NEVI funds in Q4 2022 and they’ll be looking for NEVI-compliant charging solutions. Whether you’re a state agency, EV charger reseller, charger installer, or charging site planner, you’ll need help navigating NEVI requirements. Reach out to our experts to learn more about building and deploying NEVI-compliant DC fast charging sites.
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is a law that provides nearly $370 billion in climate change investments to help reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030. It provides significant tax breaks for businesses that purchase new medium and heavy-duty electric vehicles (EVs) and new chargers.
The IRA tax credits will start after December 31, 2022, and end after December 31, 2032. Businesses can use the credits after receiving other grants or rebates like NEVI funding. These credits, along with many other grants and programs, make electrifying your fleet in the US more affordable than ever.
The Clean Commercial Vehicle Credit lets businesses claim up to 30 percent of the difference between the cost of a clean vehicle and its gas-powered counterpart (up to $40,000) for a medium or heavy-duty commercial EV that weighs more than 14,000 pounds. If a vehicle weighs less than 14,000 pounds, business can claim up to $7,500 per vehicle. There are no income limits on eligibility for the tax credit and the vehicles businesses purchase don’t have to be made or assembled in North America. Businesses cannot sell the tax credits to anyone or any company (like a dealer) for cash.
The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit is a general business tax credit for any company that installs EV chargers, including direct current (DC) fast charging stations. It will offset up to 30 percent of the total costs of purchase and installation of charging equipment, up to $100,000 per charger. Businesses cannot use the credit to offset expenses related to permitting and inspection.
Companies can only use the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit for chargers installed in a census area where the poverty rate is at least 20 percent or where the median family income in the area is equal to or less than 80 percent of the statewide median family income.
Businesses can apply the tax credit after receiving other EV grants or rebates, but only to the charger costs not covered by those grants or rebates. Resellers may claim this credit even if they’re selling charging equipment to a tax-exempt organization (nonprofit), government organization, or foreign entity (state or local government/tribes), but they must disclose in writing the amount of the credit. Tritium chargers, including the RT50, RTM75, PKM150, and RT175-S, qualify for the Alternative Refueling Credit.
This is a 10-year extension of the well-known $7,500 Clean Vehicle Credit, but it has been revised. Now it is split into two parts:
There is an income limit for the new Clean Vehicle Credit of $150,000 per year for an individual and $300,000 per year for a household, and the credit will be applied at dealerships during purchase. There are also limits on vehicle price: SUVs, pickups, and vans are limited to $80,000 and all other vehicles are limited to $55,000.
Last, but not least, the law will eliminate the cap on the number of vehicles that can be sold per automaker. The limit was 200,000 EVs per manufacturer, which made Tesla, General Motors, and Toyota EVs ineligible to receive the tax credit. Now you’ll be able to apply the Clean Vehicle Credit to EVs from those automakers.
This is another new tax credit for people who purchase used EVs. It’s worth $4,000 or 30 percent of the vehicle sale price (whichever is lower), and the credit will be applied at dealerships during purchase. There is a $75,000-per-year income limit for individuals and a $150,000-per-year income limit per household. The used EVs purchased must weigh less than 14,000 pounds and have a sale price of less than $25,000. The used EV must be at least two years old when you purchase the vehicle. For example, if you purchase a used EV in 2023, it must be a 2021 or earlier model year. It can be used for fuel cell vehicles and plug-in hybrids and the vehicles are not subject to the same sourcing requirements as new EVs.
There are many more US government incentives, grants, and programs to help you transition to EVs. Contact Tritium today to learn more about how to take advantage of them.
By Mike Calise, President – Americas
Humans are designed to survive. We’re wired for immediate responses and innate fight-or-flight reactions against the many threats of the physical world. Waiting around for things to happen makes us feel vulnerable and uncomfortable. We’re programmed to make the most use of our time and optimize our resources for ultimate survival.
In the 21st century, we have entered a convenience-driven culture. The advent of on-demand transportation, same-day delivery, on-demand food delivery, movies, podcasts, videos, and instant stock transactions have cultivated a society that depends heavily on convenience. Comfortability, accessibility, and convenience is a requirement in consumption. We expect convenient and comfortable solutions in our daily lives, so why should we fuel our vehicles differently?
The Electric Revolution
Electric vehicles (EVs) are undoubtedly the future of transportation. Auto manufacturers are transitioning to all-electric vehicle lines, oil and gas companies are diversifying with investments in EV charging, and governments are restricting the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. These actions encourage renewable energy growth, with trillions of dollars in private and public funding earmarked for e-mobility. Electric transportation is here, and the blueprint for highly accessible charging infrastructure is already laid through the ubiquitous electrical grid. As we shift toward this new fuel economy, we have an opportunity to enhance the way we think and act about our vehicle-fueling experience.
A World of Opportunity
When the low-fuel light illuminates in your gas-powered vehicle, you react by searching for the nearest gas station. But what if your vehicle could efficiently refuel while you sleep, work, shop, eat, entertain, or partake in your daily life?
It’s now possible for you to install EV chargers anywhere with a grid connection and, in some cases, even off-grid, allowing you to better leverage your time. The gas station model that you take for granted will not likely go away, but you’ll also have the flexibility to seamlessly integrate charging into your daily destinations. You won’t have to think about charging in the future – it will be ever-present.
The Charging Culture
Society has grown accustomed to charging at home, work, and even on airplanes and in our cars. The EV charging experience can be like charging a cell phone. Home charging offers a level of convenience not possible with ICE vehicles. Talk to any EV driver, and you’ll quickly discover that the cost savings and comfort of charging from your home are some of the best perks of owning an EV. However, not everyone lives in a single-family home, and how many times have you forgotten to charge your phone?
We now have the capability to access electrons virtually anywhere we go – with the opportunity to treat EV charging the same way. Public charging provides everyone the opportunity to charge when and where they need it.
Getting Down to Business
Businesses’ demand for public EV charging presents a massive opportunity. On-site EV charging can increase the time spent near a business, boost property value, improve air quality, add a source of revenue, and enhance corporate sustainability initiatives. It also provides a fantastic customer amenity.
Companies like Starbucks and McDonald’s are strategically offering free Wi-Fi at brick-and-mortar locations to increase traffic. Indeed, some recent studies have shown that on-site charging can increase customer dwell time by up to 50 percent.
The Greed for Speed vs. the Need for Speed
In this culture of convenience, we demand immediacy. For a truly convenient experience, EV charging needs to be quick, reliable, and easy. This is the natural evolution of how technology ultimately serves our immediate response both in the vehicle’s performance and the instantaneous ability to charge everywhere – and it’s where direct current (DC) fast charging comes in. By fully recharging your vehicle in minutes, you can power up at dedicated charging depots at your favorite store, coffee shop, or other charging-friendly retailers. These experiences are here today for consumers. Retail locations, parks & beaches, charging Superhubs are rapidly adding on-site DC fast charging to provide drivers with the fast, reliable, and convenient charge they need.
Technology Efficiency and Convergence
While Henry Ford is often falsely credited with saying, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”, it illustrates how society often doesn’t know what to ask for in emerging technologies. For example, we didn’t know to ask for app-based ride-hailing, media streaming, on-demand transportation, a date from someone online, or instant gratification in the palm of our hand.
Steve Jobs noted that businesses should “…figure out what [customers are] going to want before they do.” The same holds for the e-mobility industry. People who charge at home also want freedom and flexibility. Expanding drivers’ options that best fit their needs, lifestyle, and comfort level will make EV charging more attractive.
Options breed confidence. When the first EV launched in 2010 in Japan, sales struggled. Drivers were apprehensive about this new technology; they could charge the car at home, but what would happen when they left the house? What if they wanted to travel outside their city? Or if they couldn’t get home in time to charge? These obstacles chipped away at driver confidence to the point where the manufacturer was compelled to invest in over 500 DC fast chargers between cities. This allowed drivers to make the transition to electric with the confidence that they wouldn’t get stranded.
Welcome to the Future
EV charging streamlines the process through more advanced technologies. Advancements like Plug and Charge allow drivers pull up to a charger, plugin, and automatically charge their card on file. No credit card reader, no radio-frequency identification (RFID) membership card, no smartphone application, and no hassle.
As transportation continues to electrify, the driver experience will continue to become more convenient and make our lives more efficient. The ability to charge anywhere with a grid connection will amplify the number of fuel points so EV drivers can “gas up” as easily as they would at a traditional fuel pump.
With continued developments in autonomous vehicles, automated charging, and more, the future of convenience is incredibly bright.
Mike Calise is President of the Americas for Tritium, which provides DC fast-charging solutions. Tritium’s mission is to provide energy freedom to the masses by deploying DC charging everywhere, including city-to-city corridors and inner-city high-density populations and smart cities. Based in Torrance, CA, Mike is responsible for promoting and developing Tritium’s market share in the USA.
In 2013, Tritium launched the RT50. This 50kW charger created a pivotal shift in the industry by not only becoming the most compact direct current (DC) fast charger on the market, but also by becoming the first to achieve an IP65 rating. By achieving these milestones, Tritium opened the door for DC fast chargers to be installed in many new locations, environments, confined spaces, and conditions.
Since that time, Tritium’s product line has expanded but we’ve never forgotten our roots. By upholding the IP65 standard, Tritium can better protect our chargers’ integrity, produce a longer charger lifespan, and provide our customers with a charger built to withstand and thrive in some of the world’s harshest conditions. The IP65 rating enables Tritium to provide significant benefits to our customers, but what does it mean exactly?
Companies have long developed ways to keep contaminants from getting inside their products. Whether these contaminants are big, like tree branches, nuts, bolts, and fingers or small like dust, dirt, grease, snow, and water, companies have long realized that their products can perform better, last longer, and be more reliable if they’re protected from the world’s elements.
For many years, companies would claim that their product was ‘waterproof’ or ‘dustproof’, but there were no standards to define those claims. To prevent companies from misleading the public, a standard was needed to clarify what was meant when a product was described as waterproof, dustproof, etc.
To validate these “waterproof” or “dustproof” claims, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) developed the Ingress Protection (IP) code. The goal of this code is to clearly define levels of product protection from particles (big or small) or water, from gaining ingress (i.e., entering) your product.
The IP code is a system used to grade the resistance of an enclosure when exposed to particles (like dust) or liquid. The code always starts with “IP” followed by a number between 0 and 6 to indicate protection against foreign objects, then a number between 0 and 8 to indicate protection against water. So, when Tritium states that the RTM75 is IP65-rated, that means that the RTM75 has achieved an IP rating of “6” against particles and “5” against liquid.
The numbers in the IP code have clear definitions to indicate the level of protection in each category. For example, using the table below we can see that the Tritium RTM75 is not only dust-tight, but is also protected from water projected in jets. This level of added protection gives charging station owners peace of mind that their investment will be protected during inclement situations, but why else is it important?
As transportation continues to electrify, adequate electric vehicle (EV) charger availability will be required to meet charging demand. Unlike the traditional fuel station, EV charging has the luxury of being able to be installed anywhere with a connection to an electrical grid. This opens immense opportunity to install charging not only where EV drivers travel, but also where they work and live. The possibilities are truly endless as retail properties, hotels and motels, workplaces, mining and construction sites, homes and apartments, and anywhere else with a grid connection can immediately become a charging destination.
Many chargers on the market only have an IP54 rating or lower, meaning that the charger is not dustproof and is only able to withstand splashes of water. These chargers usually have vented openings to draw outside air into the charger to cool it. Since IP54-rated EV chargers draw air into the system but are not dust-sealed, they typically require dust and dirt filters to keep particles out of the electrical systems. And, like most filters, these need to be regularly changed, adding service costs. Similarly, since IP54 enclosures are only splashproof, they run the risk of suffering issues or even failure in the event of exposure to water or severe weather.
In markets where EV chargers are heavily deployed, early indications show that the combination of dust and moisture ingress can result in early ageing of the power electronics system, sometimes reducing the lifespan to as little as three years. Since a normal lifespan of an EV charger is around 10 years, that is a 70% reduction!
To truly meet driver demand, DC fast charging is not only necessary but required. EV drivers can’t always afford to leave their vehicle charging for many hours. They have places to go, people to see, and appointments to keep. A greater level of speed and convenience is required to enable longer trips, provide a safety net, and provide those who may not be able to access charging at home with the opportunity to go electric. And, as drivers we’re accustomed to the gas and petrol station experience, with the ability to fuel our vehicle in 10 minutes or less. DC fast charging provides all these things, while simultaneously untethering drivers from the fuel station experience.
Not only does DC fast charging provide the best charging solution along highways and corridors, but it has great potential to be integrated as part of daily life. Instead of the current fueling destination model used in the petroleum and gasoline industry, public charging provides the opportunity for a fill up anywhere. Whether you’re getting groceries, picking up dinner, visiting a friend or family, or even going to the doctor, you can plug your EV into a DC fast charger and leave with a full charge.
Since DC fast chargers can be installed anywhere, they also need to be built to thrive anywhere. Whether the property is on a beach, in the mountains, or in the desert, the charging solution needs to be able to withstand snow, rain, dust, wind, heat, cold, and any other environmental condition.
At Tritium, that’s why we have invested in achieving an IP65 rating for all our chargers. If a charger can be built sufficiently resilient and robust, EV drivers can feel more confident pulling up to a charging station, and charging station owners can rest assured knowing their investment is always online, furthering e-mobility around the world. By building and testing our chargers for the world’s toughest and most extreme conditions, we can better ensure that EV drivers can achieve a quick, efficient, and reliable charge every time they pull up to a Tritium charger.
Contact our sales team to learn more about Tritium’s chargers and the IP65 difference.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and a slowing global economy, 2020 was a turning point for e-mobility. Electric vehicle (EV) sales showed resilience with a 6 percent increase during 2020, while total automotive car sales decreased by 25 percent. The 2020 global fleet of over 2.3 million EVs boosted the EV market share to 3.2 percent of the entire automotive industry worldwide.
This growth in EV adoption was fostered by the injection of industry investments and government mandates for clean transportation. The change was also enabled by improvements in charging infrastructure, including customer convenience with integrated payment options, connector standardization, scalable technology, and fleet electrification. As we look back on 2020 and forward to the new year, the future for e-mobility is incredibly bright.
Key 2020 Takeaways
There was a substantial rise in the accessibility to new capital by the major EV automakers as the EV market share grew, translating into a significant production expansion effort. For the first time on record, private-equity firms globally did more cleantech deals during 2020 than in oil and gas, according to PitchBook data as of early December.
Larger valuations of the future EV market size are expected to ease access to capital in the coming year.
Focus on Driver Convenience
The e-mobility industry made significant strides during 2020 to make things easier and better for the drivers. Perhaps most importantly, the ease of use of the technology is rapidly approaching the ease of filling up at a gas station.
For example, the development of Plug and Charge technology has emerged, a universal data sharing and communication protocol across system platforms. Plug and Charge enables EVs and charging equipment to communicate, authenticate, and bill customers via the charging cable. This technology provides drivers the freedom to pay their charge without the need for an RFID membership card, a smartphone application, or a credit card reader.
Introduction of Future-Proof Hardware
One significant evolution in 2020 EV charging was the Modular Scalable Charging (MSC) hardware platform to enable scalable electric vehicle charging networks. The MSC platform, developed by Tritium, provides customers with the flexibility to increase their charger’s power level as EV charging capabilities advance and “pay as you grow.”
Under MSC flexibility, charger power can be increased in 25kW increments, starting at 25kW and increasing to 350kW and beyond. This technology represents a future-proof, ‘no regret’ charging investment for businesses and fleets as they continue to scale up their charging infrastructure.
The e-mobility market’s reach expanded beyond passenger vehicles during 2020 into classes like buses, trucks, and other vehicles. Fleet electrification is critical for energy freedom and provides a benefit for the end customer. While we await 2020 totals, the International Energy Agency reports that global sales of electric trucks hit a record in 2019 with over 6,000 units, while the number of models continues to expand.
According to a new report by Allied Market Research, the global electric bus industry was estimated at $18 billion in 2019 and is expected to hit $31 billion by 2027. This expansion would translate into a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.6 percent from 2020 to 2027.
The future of fleet electrification is bright, with rising demand for electric buses including fuel-efficient, high-performance, and low-emission designs, increasingly stringent government rules and regulations for vehicle emissions, and a reduction in battery prices.
Looking Forward to 2021
Customer convenience will continue to increase in 2021 as EV charger companies build on scalable technology and Tritium uses the DC bus architecture to create more affordable and flexible e-mobility applications.
Chargers will get even faster and more efficient in power ratios to charge EVs more quickly. Some high power smart charging systems can power EVs to an 80 percent charge in 15 minutes on average and that number will improve over the near term. Additionally, we will continue to see a rise in fleet electrification and improvements in technology. There will be several focal points in the growth of the EV market this year.
Continued Fleet Electrification
A new study on EV range and fleet suitability found that 64 percent of fleet vehicles could be switched to a comparable fully electric or plug-in hybrid option for less money over the same seven-year service life. The Geotab study also found that for nearly 50 percent of fleet vehicles today, an existing battery electric vehicle is available that would be range-capable for over 98 percent of daily needs.
Companies looking to diversify their business model and think about the future and sustainability will rapidly embrace EV fleets this year.
No Regret, Future-Proof Charging Investments
More homeowners, business owners, and fleet managers will invest in EV charging infrastructure during 2021, thanks to more transparent utility rules on charging rates, rebates from government bodies for charging investment, and more evident economic gain.
And with scalable technology readily available, upgrading to higher power levels will be more cost effective for business owners globally.
Focus on Sustainable Energy Sources
There will be an industry effort to make EVs even more sustainable this year, including gains in battery recycling and repurposing. The use of renewables for generating charging electricity and high-capacity battery storage to retain that energy will amplify the industry effort.
Customer convenience is paramount, and drivers should have the flexibility to charge whenever and wherever they choose. For 240-volt AC home or public charging, the SAE J1772 connector type is the most common. With recent news of CHAdeMO-format charging being phased out by many auto manufacturers, Combined Charging System (CCS) format DC fast charging is leading the market and will continue to become the common standard.
Reduced Footprint and Size of Chargers
Chargers are entirely disconnected from the fuel grid, enabling the opportunity to install charging anywhere and everywhere. At the same time, more homeowners will opt to add a charging unit this year, more businesses will add charging infrastructure as the overall size, cost, and a smaller footprint is continuously reduced.
Continuing 2021 EV market growth presents a host of new opportunities to discuss charging infrastructure and requirements in the near future. We look forward to working with our partners, customers and EV drivers to continue revolutionising electric transportation and innovating the future.
Partially funded by the State of Utah and Rocky Mountain Power, newly installed DC fast-charging stations to expand charging availability for an iconic brand.
[Lindon, Utah, Oct. 7, 2020] — Tritium partnered with EV Structure to install 50kW DC fast chargers at one of the largest Harley-Davidson dealerships in the United States, Timpanogos Harley-Davidson of Lindon, Utah. The installation, funded by the State of Utah’s Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Funding Assistance Program and incentives from Rocky Mountain Power, showcases Tritium’s RT50 DC fast chargers.
“The partnership with Tritium and EV Structure delivered reduced set-up costs and provided a fast and easy installation process for the RT50 chargers,” said Drew Mumford, the site manager at Timpanogos Harley-Davidson. “With charging beginning almost immediately, our customers and staff were able to utilize technology as a value added service for our dealership.”
Tritium’s robust data tracking system helps the local utility understand EV demand while providing Timpanogos Harley-Davidson with the proper tools to understand this new revenue stream. Tritium and EV Structure will look to partner on more projects in the future to help DC fast charging move into places where people live and work.
“This partnership is a game-changer for the future of e-mobility, giving EV drivers accessibility of charging their vehicles beyond the highways and high-volume traffic areas,” said Todd Ritter, CEO of EV Structure, “DC fast chargers offer a unique advantage, and we went with Tritium, because they provide high quality and stylistic charging units. Additionally, their user-friendly management platform offers 24/7 customer and technical support that goes above and beyond the call of duty.”
Tritium chargers are OCPP1.6 compliant, providing the freedom for Harley-Davidson to use EV Structure’s software solution to monitor and manage charging sessions locally via a cloud-based system. Additionally, Tritium provides 24/7 support systems to detect any failures with the charging units before they happen. In turn, Tritium’s technical support team can ensure that the system operates at its full potential even during high peak periods.
“At Tritium, we’re thrilled to be associated with Harley-Davidson, a company that is such a huge part of America’s automotive history,” said Mike Calise, Tritium’s President of the Americas. “Harley-Davidson offers ‘adventure and freedom of the soul.’ We’re proud to be supporting that vision by providing DC charging everywhere to enable Harley’s future e-riders to charge really fast and ride as far as their spirit takes them.”
Tritium is an industry leading technology solutions partner for charging infrastructure. We design and manufacture cutting-edge DC fast charging hardware and offer a range of innovative technology-engineered solutions for robust connectivity. Driven by a mission to provide energy freedom through a vision of DC charging everywhere, Tritium is pursuing a world where drivers can go as far as they want, wherever they want.
Tritium has deployed over 4,500 charging stations in 38 countries and provided over 600,000+ charging sessions. Their award-winning chargers have been installed across the globe for customers like Nissan, ENEL X, Honda, NASA Visitor Center, Topgolf, Circle-K, Harley-Davidson, IONITY, CalTech, Speedy’s convenience stores and many others.
With offices in the U.S., Australia and the Netherlands, Tritium is driving the global transition to e-mobility. For more information, visit https://www.tritium.com.au
About EV Structure
EV Structure is a pioneer in electrified transportation infrastructures. EV Structure designed, engineered, installed and now services over 70,000+ EVSE along with putting in the 1st charging stations in the history of the electric vehicle movement since 1998. EV Structure is a full electric vehicle charging integrator that is nationally staffed with licensed electrical engineering in all 50 states, electrical contractors in 28 sales, all 50 states for service technicians along with their own backend OCPP network and 1 of 5 national voluntary carbon credit aggregators. With today’s unstable utility grid demands, EV Structure is now Integrating off-grid DC fast charging with Hydrogen FuelCell technologies for true ZERO emissions electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The EV Structure Co. LLC and its sister companies The Electric HighWay Co. and Hydrogenstructure are based out of the engineering capital of the world, Pasadena, CA, with 7 offices nationwide and growing www.evstructure.com
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Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 20, 2019 – Tritium, a world leader in electric vehicle (EV) DC fast charging technology, has signed a deal to provide nine Veefil-RT 50kW DC fast chargers to Nissan, to help support the leading EV automaker’s sponsorship activities ahead of and during the UEFA Champions League Final in Spain.
The nine chargers – which can add 50km of range in just 10 minutes – will make up part of the Nissan & UEFA operations hub at the IFEMA event centre during the lead-up to the final, alongside 20 AC 22kW chargers.
The deal was announced at the Tritium Stand (#E9) at the EVS32 conference in Lyon, France.
Brice Fabry, Zero Emission & Ecosystem Director, Nissan, said: “The UEFA Champions League is a fantastic showcase for Nissan electric vehicles, and this year we will be doing more than ever to electrify the final in Madrid. Tritium are able to turn around a turnkey solution for charging infrastructure quickly, so we’re very happy to welcome them to the team.”
The Veefil-RT sports the world’s smallest physical footprint for a 50kW DC fast charger and can be installed within hours.
In addition, the chargers will be adapted to suit Nissan’s specific branding requirements for the event.
“We have dedicated staff who worked closely with Nissan’s design team to develop the branding and imagery required to maximise Nissan’s visibility during the event, and each charger will sport these ‘skins’ throughout,” said David Finn, CEO, Tritium.
“Nissan has been synonymous with electric vehicles and the Nissan LEAF has pushed E-Mobility to the forefront of the public consciousness. We look forward to helping Nissan stand out during their festivities throughout the week as they continue to drive the vision of an e-mobility future.”
At least two of the chargers will remain on-site following the final, with the remaining seven to be deployed by Nissan elsewhere in Spain.
Tritium is a technology company that designs and manufactures the world’s most advanced DC fast-charging equipment for electric vehicles (EV). Established in 2001 to provide power-electronic systems and battery energy-storage applications, Tritium became one of Australia’s fastest-growing companies with the launch of its first DC fast charger in 2014. Since then, Tritium has become a leading global DC fast charging (DCFC) supplier with installations in more than 29 countries. Tritium currently holds around 50 per cent of the world-leading market in Norway and around 15 per cent of the wider global market for 50kW fast chargers. Tritium customers include The NRMA, Chargefox, Charge.net.nz, EDF Lumins, Fortum, Grønn Kontakt, IONITY and Stromnetz. Tritium’s global headquarters and main manufacturing plant is in Brisbane, Australia. Additional sales and manufacturing facilities in Amsterdam and the Los Angeles region ensure attention to key markets in Europe and the Americas. For more, visit WWW.TRITIUM.COM.AU.