Brisbane-based fast charger manufacturer Tritium has celebrated another success after its RTM75 DC fast chargers were chosen for an EV fast charging “Superhub” in Brooklyn, New York, the largest universal EV fast charging hub in the Americas.
The new fast charging Superhub was opened by New York-based transportation company Revel, which operates a ride-share fleet of Teslas, hires out electric mopeds, offers subscription eBikes, and now includes its universal fast charging Superhubs.
Opened at the historic former Pfuzer building in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, the new Revel Superhub boasts 25 chargers, and is the first of a network of Superhubs Revel is planning to deploy across New York City.
Prior to the opening of Revel’s first Superhub, New York City only had two publicly available EV fast charging stations, with most charging depots in the city relegated to the outskirts at places like JFK airport.
Moreover, according to Revel, many of the fast charging locations available around New York City charge a fee simply to enter the parking lot.
New York City also has a relatively low rate of EV adoption, with only 14,000 EVs in the city, out of a total of 1.9 million vehicles.
“It’s no surprise that EV adoption is lagging in our city- the infrastructure just isn’t here yet, and the stations that do exist aren’t accessible to most New Yorkers,” said Frank Reig, Revel CEO and Co-Founder.
“Our Superhubs are designed to reach as many people as possible in the neighborhoods where they actually live. This is what NYC needs to move towards an electric future and we’re excited to get started.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Revel Superhub was not a small deal, and was attended by the United States Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.
“Today’s ribbon cutting isn’t about just one charging station, even though it is the biggest universal charging station in the country,” said Granholm.
“It represents our vision for building a clean energy economy on the foundation of good-paying jobs, overcoming and improving the health outcomes of communities too often left behind.
“As the old saying goes—if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. And we need electric vehicles and charging stations everywhere, in cities and towns all across America.”
"On behalf of the Biden Administration and 330 million Americans who want to see us lead on clean energy, thank you Revel" — @SecGranholm
— Revel (@_GoRevel) June 29, 2021
All of the 25 universal EV chargers were supplied by Tritium, the first time that Tritium’s RTM75 DC fast charger has been made available in North America.
Providing 75kW DC fast charging, the Tritium fast chargers are able to provide EV drivers with 160-kilometres (100-miles) of charge in around 20 minutes, and can be scaled up as time goes on meaning that a site is in theory, future-proofed.
Two of the charging stalls at the new Revel Superhub are also specifically designed to ensure that they are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
And unsurprisingly – given the defiant claim on Revel’s website that, “We’re not talking about 2030. Our products are 100% electric today.” – all the chargers are powered entirely by renewable energy sources, thanks to a partnership with US renewable energy company MP2 Energy.
In just the last few months Tritium has racked up several important milestones. In May, the largest highway EV charging site in the United Kingdom was opened, featuring 12 ultra-rapid charging units made by Tritium.
Later the same month, Tritium announced its plans to go public on the New York-based NASDAQ stock exchange in a deal that is expected to inject an extra $520 million into the company’s aggressive expansion plans.
And just a few weeks ago, Tritium partnered with Californian electric vehicle charging network Loop, which kicked off with the installation of Tritium fast chargers in Los Angeles.