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Tritium unveils scalable electric vehicle charging platform

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Tritium says it has unveiled the first platform to enable scalable electric vehicle charging networks anywhere in the world, with the launch of its MSC hardware platform.

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The MSC (modular scalable charging) hardware platform provides customers with the flexibility to increase the power level of their charger as EV charging capabilities advance, and “pay as you grow,” the company says. Charger power can be increased in 25kW increments, starting at 25kW and increasing to 350kW and beyond.

As part of the launch, the company also revealed the first charger built on the platform, the RTM75 DC Fast Charger. This charger allows drivers to add 46 miles of range to an electric vehicle in 10 minutes of charging, the company says. The slim charger also allows for simultaneous charging of two vehicles at once and is built with urban, retail, fleet and public environments in mind, Tritium adds.

The company says the MSC hardware platform allows for the quick installation of additional power electronics modules within each MSC-designed charger, such as the RTM75 and future iterations of Tritium chargers. For instance, charger operators can purchase an RTM75 charger but start at 25kW or 50kW, pending their current power requirements, and scale to 75kW as their charging needs increase.

The RTM75 facilitates simultaneous charging for two EVs at a time and supports all charging standards on the market, including CCS and CHAdeMO, and satisfies the needs of all batteries up to 920V.

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Further, the RTM75 is equipped with “Plug and Charge” (ISO 15118) technology, eliminating credit card payments or RFID authentication at the charger. Instead customers can pay through the charging cable when it communicates to the vehicle directly; a driver plugs in their EV, charges their car, and drives away knowing that payment was automatically and securely managed via a set of digital authentication certificates that contain pre-approved payment and configurations, Tritium says.

The company says RTM75 is designed to accommodate acoustic noise regulations with “Whisper Mode,” so owners can derate the charger’s power to meet municipal noise abatement requirements. The company adds this IP65 fully-sealed fast charger can withstand the elements from -31 to +122 degrees Fahrenheit while keeping electronics free from dust, water, salt or other contaminants.

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