During the first day of ACT Virtual, a digital conference held August 18 through November 19, 2020, DC fast charger provider Tritium hosted a press conference to announce its newest product, the RT175-S smart charging system.
Jane Hunter, CEO, spoke a bit about the system, explaining how the 175kW fast charger is liquid cooled with an environmentally friendly coolant. It is a fully sealed solution that doesn’t require annual filter changes. It was developed in Australia and able to withstand incredible heat, humidity, dust, salt, as well as keep out bugs and other creatures. It can endure temperatures up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit or as cold as -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
The charger comes with an isolation transformer as part of the system, and a small footprint to enable low cost installations where limited spaces are available or space is expensive. Customers can easily upgrade from a 50 kilowatt charger with the same footprint. With its high-power efficiency averaging 95%, the RT175-S can provide greater energy cost savings over time.
The charger is customizable, which gives customers the opportunity to brand the charger to match the style of their municipality.
The charger has achieved a new milestone for user experience, becoming the first charger in the US capable of “plug and charge.” With plug and charge, the system enables electric vehicles and charging equipment to communicate with each other, authenticate, and securely bill customers directly through the charging cable. Drivers won't need an RFID card, smartphone app, or a credit card to pay for their charging. The vehicle becomes the credit card when it talks to the charger. The charging session can be automatically and securely billed from the moment the plug connects to the vehicle.