Tritium has announced a partnership with ChargeNet, an EV charging network operator, to install RTM DC fast chargers at Taco Bell restaurants in South San Francisco. The companies broke ground on the installation last month and expect the chargers to be operational by the end of October.
The partnership, which is expected to expand to other areas in the U.S., has received funding from the California Energy Commission’s California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) and the California Public Utilities Commission’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP).
With a maximum charging capacity of 75 kW, Tritium’s RTM fast chargers can replenish up to 46 miles of driving range in 10 minutes. Payment can be taken through ChargeNet’s smartphone app as well as a credit card reader on the charger itself. The installation of these chargers will take advantage of solar and energy storage technology to power them, reduce energy costs, and provide protection against power outages. Through the partnership, ChargeNet hopes to integrate food ordering from Taco Bell and payment into the overall charging experience.
The installation will not require any further utility service upgrades, requiring only one additional meter to support the chargers. The SGIP funding includes prioritization of communities living in high fire-threat areas and communities that have experienced two or more utility Public Safety Power Shut-offs, as well as low-income and medically vulnerable customers. Funding from CALeVIP provides incentives for EV infrastructure across the state, with additional funding for charging projects located in low-income and disadvantaged communities.
Tritium’s RTM fast chargers feature a modular power unit design that allows the charger to quickly be upgraded from 25kW to 50kW and 75kW of power. These points are also operable by a single person, allowing for quicker maintenance and enhanced uptime.