Tritium has agreed to provide Drive Energi with electric vehicle (EVs) rapid chargers. The DC fast charging technology has partnered with Box Energi to be its sole supplier for its UK Drive Energi network.
The company aims to finish the installation of 2,500 charging locations by 2025, with a minimum of 100 sites to be ready by the end of January 2020.
Upon its completion the Drive Energi network will be one of the largest DC rapid charging networks in the world.
James Moat, ceo of Drive Energi, said: “We chose to work with Tritium because its technology is proven and its chargers are reliable, robust and trustworthy.
“These chargers are not only the fastest and most advanced in their class, but incredibly easy to use and, with the world’s smallest physical footprint, to deploy as well – particularly in our cities and high-density areas where space is increasingly limited.”
Individual sites will feature up to two Tritium Veefil-RT 50kW DC Rapid Chargers – capable of adding 100km or 60 miles of range in 20 minutes of charging, or more than three times the average daily commute in the UK.
Tritium will also supply 24/7 support for the network, including on-site support when it’s needed. Each charger will have a modem which transmits data to their support engineers, who are available via phone at any time.
The average daily commute in the UK is an estimated 20 miles. A single 20-minute charge will add around three days of range to an EV. The amount of chargers will ensure that the Drive Energi has charging ports available nearby at all times.
The company opened its Tritium E-Mobility innovation Centres in Brisbane and Amsterdam. The upgraded facilities around the world- and in the UK- will allow the company to increase its research and development, allowing further charging options for the ever-increasing EV fleets on the roads.
A recent partnership between Ford and Centrica will see more EVs on the road in the near future.