No 11. May 2013

Fast Charger for Electric Cars

A Queensland company has designed a fast charger for electric cars. Manufacturer Tritium says the Veefil can charge electric vehicles to 80 per cent capacity in under 30 minutes.

"Reducing the charge time of an electric vehicle from eight hours to less than an hour is a game changer and will be a major boost for the electric car industry," said Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation, Yvette D'Ath.

The Veefil has a small footprint and can be installed in hotels, car parks, airports and shopping centres for easy access and fast recharging.

The Veefil fast charger is easy to use. Plugs are available for by the majority of electric cars and users select the plug that matches their car. The company says Veefil can charge an electric vehicle 20 times faster than plugging it into the wall at home, and that 10 minutes of fast charging will give a 50 kilometre range.

Mrs D'arth said all indications are that demand for electric cars will grow significantly over the next decade, placing Tritium in a prime position to capitalize on the growth.

The company was assisted with $1.15 million under an Early Stage Commercialisation grant from Commercialisation Australia (CA). It also received support from a CA case manager who helped guide the company through the commercialisation process and make important business connections.

Tritium is a designer and supplier of powertrain systems for electric vehicles. It provides off the shelf products as well as customized solutions for vehicle manufacturers. Its electric vehicle powertrain solutions suit high performance sports cars, larger sedans, light commercial vehicles and buses.

It also has high performance motor controller and battery management products for electric vehicles, and has provided powertrain solutions to solar racing teams around the world over many years.