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Tritium & Jump Charging Partner To Propel EV Charger Deployment In New Zealand

In order to increase access to the fast charging infrastructure in New Zealand, Tritium DCFC Limited (Tritium), a global developer and producer of direct current (DC) fast chargers for electric vehicles (EVs), recently established a strategic agreement with Jump Charging.

New Zealand’s pace of EV adoption is increasing, and more charging stations will be needed to keep up with the rising demand. In 2022, New Zealand sold 100,000 light vehicles, and 20% of those were battery electric, putting the nation on track to meet its 2050 net-zero emissions reduction targets. Nonetheless, there were only about 350 public charging stations in the nation as of December 2022, or just one station for every 200 EVs registered in New Zealand.

The New Zealand government intends to build on its original idea for statewide coverage of DC fast chargers every 75 kilometers along state highways to fill this gap. The government is giving high-powered public charging outlets priority as part of this investment to keep up with the demand for electric vehicles and their drivers, which is expanding quickly.

In order to speed up the decarbonization of the transportation industry, Jump Charging, a new Tritium distributor and service partner for New Zealand, is dedicated to significantly extending access to publicly available charging across the nation. Tritium fast chargers are the backbone of the company’s network development, and the company intends to execute an initial 20 fast charging hubs at strategic locations, followed by the swift deployment of additional sites across the country.

Installation, maintenance, and education of EV charging stations, according to Tritium CEO Jane Hunter, are essential stages in assisting New Zealand in achieving its 2050 net-zero emissions reduction goals, which were outlined in the nation’s first Emissions Reduction Plan last year.

“Innovation is critical to accelerating the transition to a low-carbon future. The skid-mounted solution for rapid installation of fast charging stations developed by Jump Charging is a prime example of the innovative technology solutions needed to creatively address the demand for EV charging infrastructure in New Zealand,” said Tritium CEO Jane Hunter. “By providing cutting-edge charging technology as well as maintenance, training, and support for our partners, we are committed to building a comprehensive and reliable EV charging ecosystem that will help New Zealand reach its net-zero emissions reduction goals.”

Jump Charging’s motto of “quick, accessible, and visible” demonstrates their dedication to ensuring that all electric vehicle owners have enough access to charge. Jump Charging is focused on the construction of a dependable, purpose-built charging network of strategically situated infrastructure. To guarantee a consistent and dependable quality of service for all electric vehicles, the firm manages and maintains all sites on the Jump Charging network and provides its customers multiple purchase, lease, and partnership models.

At the brand-new Agritech Business Park in Rakaia, Canterbury, there is an EV charging station that is the first of these sites. Two modular 150kW fast chargers from Tritium will be a part of the project’s initial phase. These chargers can each accommodate two vehicles at once, allowing for simultaneous fleet and passenger vehicle charging.

Jump Charging is developing its network and coming up with creative solutions to the problems associated with charging demand. A portable, skid-mounted charging station installation solution has been developed by the company to work with Tritium’s 75kW award-winning modular fast charger. This solution allows for quick deployment in service locations where there is an increase in demand for EV charging due to seasonality, specialized events, construction projects, or emergency situations. In order to increase its adaptability, the design incorporates an onboard transformer that enables connection to either a regular 400V system or, alternatively, a high-voltage 11kV supply.

Jump Charging Director Alex Watson commented, “At Jump Charging, our goal is to move New Zealand away from fossil fuels, so choosing a proven EV fast charging partner we could rely on was crucial. We are proud to partner with Tritium, as we know that their DC fast chargers are world-leading in both quality and reliability. In addition, their training program has provided our team with exceptional knowledge to confidently manage and service our customers.”

Due to Jump Charging’s status as an authorized Tritium service agent, its staff is able to offer clients and other members of its nationwide network specialized EV support services.

The Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA), which manages the Low Emission Transport Fund (LETF), provided co-funding for the creation of the portable, skid-mounted fast charging solution as well as for the EV charging hub at the Agritech Business Park. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act of 2000 established the EECA to promote and support energy efficiency as well as co-finance technological advancements like Jump Charging’s skid-mounted charging station.

Most New Zealanders seem eager to adopt EVs, and to help make their country cleaner, but the lack of an adequate EV charging network has deterred many from making the purchase. One charger for every 200 EVs is not at all adequate for a charging network. As they get a better charging network in place, the EV adoption rate will mostly likely increase.

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