Australian start-up electric car charger wins global order from petrol giant

Australian start-up electric car charger wins global order from petrol giant

The biggest order yet for a Brisbane electric car charging company comes when oil giant Shell buys the Volta charging network in the US.

Oil company BP has awarded Queensland-based start-up Tritium a major global order for more than 1,000 fast chargers as the oil giants continue their push into powering electric vehicles.

It comes as Shell confirms its $169 million purchase of Volta, which operates a charging network with 3,000 locations in the US and a small number in Europe, as reported by Automotive News.

The deal with BP Pulse — the company’s electrification brand — will see chargers to be used in Australia, the US, the UK and Europe, and will result in a massive expansion of tritium production capacity at its US facility in the state of Tennessee.

According to Tritium, the BP deal is the largest order in the company’s history and will help push total sales to around $200 million for 2023 as production ramps up to 11,000 chargers this year.

BP and Shell have both started installing electric vehicle chargers in Australia, but only in relatively small numbers at their existing service stations.

While Shell uses a mix of electric car chargers overseas, in Australia both Shell and BP use tritium chargers.

BP Pulse announced in April 2022 that it had placed an order for 1000 chargers for use in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

The new global BP deal is said to have added 1000 chargers to the company’s order.

Tritium said it intends to manufacture the chargers for the Australian site at its Brisbane facility, which has an annual capacity to produce 5,000 of the devices.

The chargers for the US, UK and Europe will be manufactured at a Tritium factory in Lebananon, Tennessee, which opened in August 2022 and will eventually have a capacity of 30,000 units per year.

Paul Gover

Paul Gover has been a motoring journalist for more than 40 years and has worked for newspapers, magazines, websites, radio and television. A qualified general news journalist and sports reporter, his passion for driving has taken him to Wheels, Motor, Car Australia, Which Car and Auto Action magazines. He is a champion racer as well as a World Car of the Year judge.

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