Tritium, a manufacturer of EV charging points, has opened a new facility to test its chargers and associated charging technologies. The facility will test the manufacturer’s products under a variety of conditions ahead of their deployment in markets around the world. 

The new facility, located at Tritium’s headquarters in Brisbane, Australia, ultimately works to accelerate the development and deployment of its charging solutions. It will also allow the company to rapidly modify these solutions to the needs of its customers and certify its products with greater cost efficiency. In order to achieve these goals, Tritium has designed the facility to accelerate a number of manufacturing processes – including testing, prototyping, compliance and certification. The facility is also capable of IK impact testing, which will allow Tritium to test, and indicate, how much protection the electrical enclosures of its products offer against external mechanical impacts. 

At the core of Tritium’s facility is an electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) chamber, which the company claims is one of the most powerful, commercially accessible, in the world. The facility can deliver up to 720 kW of regenerative power from its integrated system which features fully-integrated AC and DC power feeds – accounting for both types of charging on a number of power levels. This high capacity allows for Tritium to test devices that will require very high levels of power when operating. Likewise, these tests can be conducted to fit the certification requirements of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The EMC chamber takes advantage of a five-meter turntable that can similarly leverage high-power connections – allowing it to test a high-powered full charging system. The system tested would consist of a charging unit and its accompanying power cabinet. 

In addition to the EMC chamber, Tritium confirmed that the facility would feature two thermal chambers, both of which have been designed to test charging technologies at extreme temperatures. The first has been built to test full charging systems and has been calibrated to meet the regulatory requirements of the IEC and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). This chamber will test Tritium’s products in humid environments (at up to 98% humidity) and in extreme temperatures, ranging from -40°F (-40°C) to +158°F (+70°C). The second thermal chamber will test the modules and components that go into Tritium’s products and can test them in temperatures ranging from -94°F (-70°C) to +356°F (+180°C).