Enel partners Tritium to boost US fast charging

  • August 24, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Italian firm Enel X Way is pairing its JuiceNet software with Tritium’s 175kW fast charger and a 50kW variant to deliver smart fast charging for fleets, automakers, utilities and public charging sites along highways.

Australian company Tritium DCFC specialises in DC fast chargers for electric vehicles (EVs), and Enel X Way offers smart EV charging services.

They have signed a global framework agreement and first contract in the USA, deepening Enel X Way’s access to Tritium’s fast charging hardware and software. Enel X Way has more than 380,000 charging ports worldwide.

Under the agreement, more than 250 fast chargers are expected to qualify for a tax credit that was recently modified and extended as part of the Inflation Reduction Act. Under the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit, commercial projects now qualify for a maximum incentive of 30% or $100,000 per charger – up from $30,000 per property – whichever is of lesser value.

“The electrification of transportation requires the removal of key barriers to EV adoption, most notably access to charging, both at home and in public,” said Chris Baker, head of Enel X Way in North America. “This agreement will enable Enel X Way to expand its DC fast charging offering with Tritium’s flexible, scalable, US-manufactured DC fast chargers and infrastructure that makes deploying charging sites easier for businesses and cities. This fantastic partnership with Tritium will help Enel X Way meet the increasing demand for fast charging and achieve our mutual goal of electrifying transportation.”

In the future, the companies intend to expand their relationship to meet the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) programme objectives, which will support the US government’s goal to develop a national network of 500,000 EV chargers.

To meet NEVI demand, Enel X Way intends to deploy Tritium’s Buy America-compliant PKM150 DC fast chargers. Tritium’s PKM150 and RTM are expected to begin US production at the company’s Tennessee factory this autumn and meet the Federal Highway Administration’s Buy America compliance requirement in the first quarter of 2023.

“As the world moves towards electrification at unprecedented speeds, it’s imperative that our industry rises to the challenge to ensure everyone has access to fast and convenient EV charging,” said Jane Hunter, Tritium CEO. “We believe that Enel X Way is an ideal company to accelerate deployment of our charging technology, as they have entities throughout the world and are well equipped and committed to the expansion of electric vehicle infrastructure.”

Through smart charging, utilities can manage and benefit from this growth while ensuring a reliable, balanced and clean electric grid for all users. Enel X Way offers site hosts and partners a line of interoperable, hardware agnostic, OCPP compliant, SOC-2 compliant, smart grid EV charging.

Tritium and Enel X Way have a long-standing business relationship with the common goal to decarbonise transportation, and this agreement is the latest in the companies’ partnership. The companies plan to sign additional regional contracts to expand access to fast charging around the world.

In North America, Enel X Way is qualified for more than 60 commercial utility and state incentive programmes, including 30 DC fast charging incentive programmes. The Enel X Way software allows utilities to monitor and analyse demand from participating charging stations and manage charging to respond to and align with real-time grid conditions. Enel X Way has also received AICPA SOC 2 certification, which safeguards customer and driver data demonstrating its commitment to cyber-security standards.

Founded in 2001, Tritium designs and manufactures proprietary hardware and software to create reliable DC fast chargers for EVs.