Charging solution manufacturer Tritium will receive a portion of $3.2 million in federal funding awarded to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to develop an extreme fast charging system.
EPRI has allocated about $400,000 for Tritium to develop a custom version of its Veefil-PK high-powered charging head, along with providing input for system design and testing.
Tritium is one of several companies partnering with EPRI to develop a system for high-powered charging with a DC connection to the medium-voltage grid. The system will be designed to charge multiple EVs quickly at “extreme” levels while reducing the impact on the grid and providing physical and cybersecurity protection.
“Our collaborative team will dig deeper into options for faster, flexible and more efficient vehicle charging, which could be key to maximizing the impact and acceleration of electrifying fleets of vehicles,” said EPRI VP of Integrated Grid Mark McGranaghan.
“This project lets us use our expertise in EV charging to build an advanced system that is easy to scale, repeat and manufacture,” said Tritium Engineering Director James Kennedy. “The solution the project team develops will result in a system with a smaller footprint, higher efficiency and lower cost of ownership.”
EPRI’s funding is part of $80 million in DOE funding distributed among 42 projects for early-stage research in advanced vehicle technologies that give drivers more choices to affordably meet their mobility needs, strengthen U.S. energy security, reduce dependence on foreign materials and enhance the economy.