NRMA order 40 chargers for new network

News 06/24/2018
  • More than 40 chargers being delivered across NSW and ACT
  • Chargers to be made in Brisbane, supporting local jobs in a new industry
  • Fast Chargers can charge most battery EVs to 80 per cent within 30 minutes
  • Network to remove big 3 barrier to EV adoption – “charger availability”

Sydney, Australia – June 15, 2018 – The NRMA has begun unlocking New South Wales and the ACT for the growing number of electric vehicle drivers, choosing Australian EV charging specialists Tritium as the supplier of electric vehicle chargers for its $10 million network rollout.

“Until now, electric vehicles have only been practical for short urban journeys, driving only within charging range of their garages or the small number of public fast chargers,” said NRMA Group Chief Executive Officer, Rohan Lund.

“Our vision is to open up the great destinations NSW and the ACT has to offer electric vehicle drivers, without the worry of running out of a charge on their trip.”

Announced in October 2017, NRMA’s Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Network, will ensure that 95 per cent of EV journeys will be within 150km of a fast charge across NSW and ACT. The network will be Australia’s largest and is being delivered in partnership with local communities including local councils, small businesses and land owners.

The NRMA fast charger will see at least 40 publicly-accessible sites, with the costs of charging included in NRMA Membership.

Tritium’s Veefil-RT 50kW fast chargers ensure drivers can fully charge their vehicle to 80 per cent within 30 minutes on average for any EV with a CHAdeMO or CCS2 socket. Chargers will accommodate most makes and models of EVs available in Australia.

Tritium, founded in Brisbane, is a world leader in fast-charging station technology with deployments in the United States and Europe, and in Australia is the leading supplier of chargers for Queensland’s EV super-highway.

“The NRMA is pleased to work alongside a local Australian-owned company like Tritium to support the development of a local electric vehicle industry. Tritium are leading the world in EV charging technology from their base in Brisbane,” said Lund.

“It’s through forward-thinking leadership from organisations such as the NRMA that Australia will make its mark on the electric vehicle driving space,” said Chris Hewitt, Head of Sales A/NZ, Tritium. “They are breaking down a major barrier to EV adoption in Australia – the availability of chargers.”

The $10 million community investment from the NRMA forms part of the Group’s social dividend investment strategy returning benefits to Members and the community.

About The NRMA
Better road and transport infrastructure has been a core focus of the NRMA since 1920 when its founders lobbied for improvements to the condition of Parramatta Road in Sydney. Independent advocacy was its foundation activity, and it remains critical to who they are as they approach their first centenary. The NRMA has grown to represent 2.6 million Australians, principally from NSW and the ACT. They provide motoring, mobility, travel and tourism services to their Members and the community.

About Tritium
Brisbane-based Tritium is a technology company that specialises in the design and manufacture of fast chargers for electric vehicles (EV), power-electronic systems and battery energy-storage applications. Established in 2001, it has gained a reputation with the world’s largest organisations and top universities for providing solutions when quality, reliability and performance are critical for success. Its products are operational on every continent around the world and are to be found in submarines, UAVs flying at over 40,000ft and even working in the extremes of Antarctica. Tritium’s headquarters are in Brisbane in Australia, with offices in Europe and the United States.