NRMA plugs in $10m worth of Tritium electric vehicle chargers

AUSTRALIA’s biggest automotive club, NRMA – in fact the country’s largest membership organisation – has chosen Australian electric vehicle (EV) charging specialists Tritium to provide EV fast-chargers for its new network rollout. 

NRMA is, at this stage, focusing on its projected $10 million program to open up New South Wales and the ACT for electric vehicle touring.

“Until now, electric vehicles have only been practical for short urban journeys, driving only within charging range of their garages or the small number of public fast chargers,” NRMA Group chief executive officer, Rohan Lund said.

“Our vision is to open up the great destinations NSW and the ACT has to offer electric vehicle drivers, without the worry of running out of a charge on their trip.” 

Announced in October 2017, NRMA’s Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Network will ensure that 95 percent of EV journeys will be within 150km of a fast charge across NSW and ACT. The network will be Australia’s largest and is being delivered in partnership with local communities including councils, small businesses and land owners.

The NRMA fast charger will see at least 40 publicly-accessible sites, with the costs of charging included in NRMA membership. 

Tritium’s Veefil-RT 50kW fast chargers ensure drivers can fully charge their vehicle to 80 percent within 30 minutes, on average, for any EV with a CHAdeMO or CCS2 socket. Chargers will accommodate most makes and models of EVs available in Australia.

Tritium, founded in Brisbane, is a world leader in fast-charging station technology with deployments in the United States and Europe. In Australia, Tritium is the leading supplier of chargers for Queensland’s EV super-highway.

“The NRMA is pleased to work alongside a local Australian-owned company like Tritium to support the development of a local electric vehicle industry,” Mr Lund said.

“Tritium is leading the world in EV charging technology from their base in Brisbane.”

Tritium responded that the NRMA’s program would help to drive the adoption of electric vehicles in Australia.

“It’s through forward-thinking leadership from organisations such as the NRMA that Australia will make its mark on the electric vehicle driving space,” Tritium Australia and New Zealand head of sales, Chris Hewitt said.

“They are breaking down a major barrier to EV adoption in Australia – the availability of chargers.”

The $10 million community investment from the NRMA forms part of the group’s social dividend investment strategy returning benefits to Members and the community, Mr Lund said.


Tritium launches EU headquarters in Netherlands

AUSTRALIAN electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging solutions company, Tritium, is driving growth in Europe by establishing its European Union headquarters in the Netherlands capital, Amsterdam.

The announcement is part of Brisbane-based Tritium’s strategic development plan to take service, support, sales, training and manufacturing of its fast-charging solutions closer to customers around the world. 

Tritium has secured about 20 percent of the Western Europe market in just four years and is gearing up for greater inroads into fleet, workplace, public transport, multi-residential and ‘on-street’ public charging sectors.

Amsterdam is the second overseas facility opened by Tritium in just over a year, the first in Torrance, California, in 2017

The Amsterdam facility will be the centre for Tritium’s sales program across the EU and also house a state-of-the-art training and accreditation unit for technical servicing and customer support.  Tritium has built-in capability to customise its product range to meet local market needs and specific customer requirements. 

“The opening of this facility represents a major investment and commitment to the European market,” Tritium co-founder and CEO, David Finn said. “It’s in direct response to increased demand for our products and services from this region. 

“In just a few years, Tritium has made a significant impact in the fast-charging sector and we needed to have a local presence operational in Europe ahead of a very active year, when we’ll be launching a number of new initiatives.

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Drag racing champion Darren Morgan to rev-up crowds at Supercars launch

FOUR-time Australian Top Fuel Champion Darren Morgan will give V8 Supercars fans a taste of what his 10,000 horsepower Top Fuel Dragster can do at Adelaide 500 this weekend.

From Friday until Sunday, Morgan will showcase his vehicle in front of more than 250,000 spectators at Round 1 of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. 

Morgan previously stunned crowds at Adelaide 500 in 2017 and 2011.

“It’s excellent to have the chance to showcase our vehicle at another Supercars event, where we can continue to expand our fan base at all types of motorsport events,” Morgan said.

“We are looking forward to converting new motorsport fans over to the powerful sport of drag racing.

“We are thankful for the continuous support of our marketing partners.”

Morgan will fire up his Top Fuel Dragster various times over the weekend, as well as perform demonstration burnouts on the main straight on Friday at 1.45pm and Saturday at 12.30pm.

The Top Fuel Dragster will be on display from through to Sunday, with spectators given the chance to get up close to the vehicle.


Japanese ICT giants put AI on the road

DENSO Corporation and Toshiba are jointly developing an artificial intelligence (AI) technology, called Deep Neural Network-Intellectual Property (DNN-IP), which will accelerate driver assistance and automated driving technologies and open up new business applications.

The move combines image recognition systems which have been independently developed by the two companies to help achieve automated driving technologies way ahead of what exists today – aiming to rival and exceed the human brain. 

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On the road again: Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions

THE Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions met recently to progress the Turnbull Government's commitment to reduce Australia's vehicle emissions.

Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher and Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg resolved to advance the work the Forum started before the Federal Election. 

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Australian quality vehicle brokerage gets service ‘Plum’ on target

NATIONAL car brokerage Red Plum Automotive (RPA) has rapidly expanded since the business launched in 2013 – the result of astutely driving a handful of savvy business practices.

RPA managing director, Christopher Lee actually started the business from his kitchen bench in 2013, aiming to provide the widest possible variety of vehicles to meet customer needs, ranging from work utilities to luxury saloons to high-end sports cars. Red Plum aims to find precisely the right vehicle at precisely the right price for customers. 

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