australia, charging infrastructure, ev highway, jet charge, tritium, western australia

Australian manufacturer Tritium has been revealed as one of the hardware suppliers for the EV Highway, a more than 7,000-kilometre charging corridor in Western Australia and one of the largest EV infrastructure projects in the world.

The project includes 98 charging stations at 49 locations, each no more than 200 kilometres apart, with stations coming from various suppliers. Jet Charge manages the project and has previously placed an order with Kempower, as reported.

Tritium is now the second manufacturer to report to supply fast-charging stations for this project, specifically for its modular 75 kW fast charger. The company has yet to specify the order volume.

The first charging stations supplied by Tritium will be installed in early 2023, with Jet Charge expecting the entire network of 98 fast chargers to be fully operational by early 2024. The government based in Perth awarded the contract to Jet Charge through its energy utilities Synergy and Horizon Power.

The EV Highway in Western Australia is one of the world’s most extended single infrastructure projects for electric vehicles and will stretch north to Kununurra, south to Esperance and east to Kalgoorlie. It is part of an AUD$43.5 million investment by the Western Australian government, focused on expanding access to EV infrastructure across the state.

“Western Australia is a state with vast unpopulated distances, and governments have a role to play supporting highway electrification in rural and remote areas where site utilisation may not be profitable for private sector operators,” said Tritium CEO Jane Hunter.

The company will manufacture all chargers for the project in its Brisbane factory, which has an annual production capacity of approximately 5,000 units.

Tritium also opened a second factory in the United States this summer and targets manufacturing up to 10,000 DC chargers on six lines per year once the facility in Lebanon, Tennessee, reaches total capacity.

Founded in 2001, Tritium lists as DCFC on Nasdaq and designs and manufactures DC fast chargers for electric vehicles. The Tennessee factory is the first production outlet the Australian company has established in the US.

In Europe, Tritium also supplies the high-power charging network Ionity among others.

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