The UK Government recently announced an increase in their target for electric vehicle infrastructure.
It is expected the country of 65 Million people and 32 Million vehicles will need at least 300,000 EV chargers by 2030.
In a recent survey by the Competition and Markets Authority into the UK’s electric vehicle (“EV”) charging availability and reliability, suggests the public charge points required could be as many as 5 times the number of fuel pumps available today.
To help meet this challenge, Australian-based Tritium, manufacturer of direct current (“DC”) fast chargers for EVs, will supply more than 250 rapid chargers to the Osprey Charging Network.
While the network features multiple charger providers, they are expanding their footprint rapidly and is now one of the fastest growing UK-wide networks of rapid EV charging points.
Aimed at increasing access to rapid and reliable charging infrastructure in car parks, retail locations and along major transit routes, the chargers are expected to be added to 100 new charging destinations, growing Osprey’s network by over 50%.
It’s really encouraging to see the UK government proactively driving the transition to electric transportation in such a strategic manner through their Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, creating and supporting up to 250,000 green jobs.
In 2021, approximately 190,727 new electric vehicles were sold in the UK, a staggering increase of 76% compared to 2020, setting a new record for the country and a strong indicator of the UK’s technology switch.
We’re delighted to strengthen our relationship and key partnership with Osprey to support their infrastructure coverage goals and increase access to rapid charging, enabling drivers to transition to EVs with a fast, reliable and convenient charging experience.Jane Hunter, Tritium CEO.
The plan also includes significant support focused on those without access to off-street parking and for fast charging on longer journeys.
It was only in December 2021, just over 5 months ago, Osprey announced they were adding 100 Tritium chargers.
Osprey’s announcement today to deploy an additional 250 Tritium chargers illustrates the relationship growth that is occurring with Tritium’s most valued customers, as the Company now looks to 2023 and beyond to expand its footprint and geographic reach with its portfolio of industry-leading products and services.
As an independent charge point operator, we have the freedom to work with the very best hardware companies so that we can provide the very best experience for our customers.
We have already installed Tritium rapid chargers at many of our most popular locations, including sites with improved accessibility and at our South London high-power charging hub. We are excited to add the dynamic load-balancing PKM chargers to our rapidly expanding UK network, optimising charger output across a number of cars plugged in simultaneously and ultimately improving driver experience.
Tritium is an instrumental partner in helping Osprey deliver on our goal of creating a high quality, inclusive, reliable charging network that’s worry free and accessible for all.Ian Johnston, Osprey CEO.
While this is a positive announcement, news of further chargers going overseas won’t please many electric vehicle owners in Australia that have experienced EV chargers offline. Many of these appear to be Tritium-made EV chargers and when many sites only feature 2 chargers, if both are offline, you’re out of luck.
Often these chargers are operated by retail networks like Chargefox and Evie networks, which have taken heat for having chargers unavailable. Investigations suggest these faults often require replacement parts from Tritium, but they appear to be in short supply.
If anything, I hope these international supply announcements mean Tritium ramp production of their chargers, so that parts are available for all markets they supply to, much more available.