Embattled Australian DC fast-charging company Tritium says it has supplied five rapid 75kW DC chargers to the largest EV charging facility in Wales.
Tritium, which made a name for itself as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fast chargers, has nevertheless been fighting for its life in recent months. In late October the company was warned that it was in danger of losing its status on the Nasdaq stock exchange in the US after its shares lost nearly 90% of their value over the previous year.
This was followed by an announcement earlier this month that the company would close its Brisbane manufacturing facility, a move which is aimed to halt it sliding share price, but which nevertheless costs its Aussie workforce.
The latest news is better, but small, and involves the supply of five rapid Tritium 75kW DC chargers with 10 connectors to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.
The new EV charging site will enable up to 40 electric vehicles to charge simultaneously and will consist of Tritium’s 10 75kW chargers and 30 22kW chargers.
Charging using the Tritium chargers will allow users to charge from 0-80% in around 25 minutes, while the 22kW chargers will take between 3 and 5 hours, depending on the car model.
It is hoped that the new charging hub will benefit not only local EV owners, including customers of nearby towns and villages, but also help to attract tourists to the university and seaside town of Aberystwyth.
“While the UK Government has now confirmed plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035, the rollout of EV charging infrastructure must continue to accelerate to meet their target to install 300,000 public charging stations by 2030,” said Jane Hunter, Tritium CEO.
“Our latest installation at the National Library of Wales brings much-needed fast chargers to Wales, and Tritium is proud to be part of a solution that is encouraging both sustainable travel and opportunity charging at this national landmark in Aberystwyth.”
Those looking to charge their EVs at the National Library will be able to pay using the onsite Payter terminal, the Fuuse app, or through a smartphone’s web browser.
The National Library of Wales also offered up some suggestions of ways visitors can use their time when charging up their cars.
These included looking at the Library’s exhibitions, including the Wales Women’s Peace Petition of 1923, viewing clips from historic television programmes in the Wales Broadcast Archive Centre, having a much needed cup of tea or coffee and a fresh cake in Pen Dinas Café, or shopping in the gift shop.
Joshua S. Hill is a Melbourne-based journalist who has been writing about climate change, clean technology, and electric vehicles for over 15 years. He has been reporting on electric vehicles and clean technologies for Renew Economy and The Driven since 2012. His preferred mode of transport is his feet.