Fast charger powers EVs to 80% in 15 minutes

August 20, 2020 // By Rich Pell
Fast charger powers EVs to 80% in 15 minutes
Fast charging solution provider Tritium has announced a new DC fast charger that it says powers electric vehicles (EVs) to 80 percent in 15 minutes, bringing the time to power EVs closer to the speed of a gas station visit.

The RT175-S smart charging system powers EVs to an 80 percent charge in 15 minutes on average, says the company, and is the first charger on the U.S. market capable of Plug and Charge - a communications protocol enabling EVs and charging equipment to communicate, authenticate, and bill customers via the charging cable. With Plug and Charge, a charging session can be automatically and securely billed from the moment the plug connects to the vehicle, regardless of the network operator.

This advancement in charging technology, says the company, streamlines and simplifies the charging experience, while improving customer data security. In addition, the technology serves modern vehicle class fleets that previously were unattainable with other industry charging solutions. The unit provides a 175-kW charge through an "elegant" and compact design, and is offered as an economical solution for sites where limited space for charging is available.

"The RT175-S is groundbreaking technology for the market," says said Jane Hunter, CEO of Tritium. "With more than 1.5 million EVs on the road in the U.S., this charger is a perfect solution to grow charging infrastructure and further the transition to electrified transportation. The RT175-S is the ideal solution for high population areas and can easily be adopted for highway rest stop, fuel stations, municipalities, utilities, fleets, retail, education, destination centers, and heavy infrastructure such as mining and ports."

The RT175-S, says the company, is easy to install, features a power efficiency averaging 95 percent, and is IP65 rated, providing cost savings and optimal functionality in a wide range of environmental conditions. Like other Tritium chargers, this fast charger has a small footprint and is liquid-cooled, featuring tilt sensors for additional safety.

The fast charger features an all-in-one isolated power unit and integrated reinforced isolating transformer allowing for continuous 175-kW operation at 104°F/40°C and 150-kW operation at 122°F/50°C. Optional features include cold weather kit for operation down to -22°F/-30°C, escutcheon panel with interlocked pad


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