ChargeNet to Bring Fast Electric Vehicle Charging to Taco Bells
As the number of electric vehicles (EVs) is expected to continue to rise – up to 35 million electric vehicles are expected on U.S. roads by 2030 according to a Business Insider report from March 2021 – charging infrastructure is expected to grow. expand proportionally to support increased VE adoption. Tritium has partnered with electric vehicle charging network operator ChargeNet with a plan to install RTM direct current (DC) fast chargers at South San Francisco Taco Bells to address this challenge. The partnership, which is expected to expand into other areas, is supported by funding from the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) of the California Energy Commission and the California Self-Production Incentive Program (SGIP). Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
âOur goal is to replace the refueling experience Americans have with a fast, convenient and engaging recharging experience,â said Tosh Dutt, CEO of ChargeNet. âOur first installation is just the start of achieving this goal, and will be the first in a long series as we seek to expand charging possibilities throughout the Bay Area and other parts of the country. in the hope of increasing the adoption of electric vehicles, especially in lower regions. income zones.
The companies inaugurated the facility last month and the chargers are expected to be up and running by the end of October. The 75kW Tritium RTM fast chargers can provide up to 46 miles of range in 10 minutes and will accept payments through ChargeNet’s mobile app and a credit card reader on the charger. ChargeNet’s EV charging platform, specifically designed for fast food franchisees, addresses a market need for faster chargers in places with food and restrooms. ChargeNet also hopes to integrate food ordering and payment to make the process even more transparent for customers. And to reduce energy costs and protect against power outages, the facility will use solar and energy storage technology to power chargers and offer more competitive rates to Taco Bell customers.
âWe are always looking for opportunities to do things that have never been done before and especially those that create a ‘win-win’ for our customers, the community and our business,â said SG Ellison, president of Diversified Restaurant Group, which operates nearly 250 Taco Bells and Arby’s in five states and is growing rapidly. âTosh and his team have been great partners and we look forward to offering our customers the ability to recharge their vehicles on the advanced technology of Tritium. “
The installation will not require any additional utility upgrades, requiring only one additional meter to support the chargers. Additionally, due to ChargeNet’s unique service model and the use of incentives, Diversified Restaurant Group will not pay anything up front and bring home a portion of the revenue generated by the chargers, while bringing in EV drivers as customers. SGIP funding includes prioritizing communities living in high fire risk areas, communities that have experienced at least two public safety power outages (PSPS), as well as low-income and medically vulnerable clients, while that CALeVIP funding provides incentives for EV infrastructure across the state with additional funding for charging projects located in low-income and disadvantaged communities.
âCALeVIP has been a successful program to deploy public chargers throughout California and target disadvantaged communities,â said Hannon Rasool, deputy director of the fuels and transportation division of the California Energy Commission. âThe innovation and creativity of deploying chargers where other amenities such as catering services are collocated should be emulated across the country to provide access to charging where consumers are already traveling. “
Tritium’s RTM fast chargers are designed for any environment and feature a modular power unit design that allows the charger to be quickly upgraded from 25kW to 50kW and 75kW of power. Power units are also single-person operable so they can be easily changed in the field for faster maintenance and improved uptime.
âThis project is a shining example of integrating solar power, battery storage and DC fast charging to help fast food restaurants serve a growing customer base of electric vehicle drivers. These are the types of innovative solutions that have a dual benefit: decarbonizing the planet in the long term, while creating more resilient businesses in the short term, âsaid Mike Calise, president of the Americas at Tritium. âWe are delighted to have worked with ChargeNet, SGIP and CALeVIP to make this project possible, providing the diverse restaurant group with a solution that generates revenue from the start. “
Founded in 2001, Tritium designs and manufactures proprietary hardware and software to create advanced and reliable DC fast chargers for electric vehicles. Tritium’s compact and rugged loaders are designed to look great on Main Street and thrive in tough conditions, with technology designed to be easy to set up, own and use. Tritium is focused on continuous innovation to support its customers around the world.
As announced on May 26, 2021, Tritium has entered into a definitive agreement with DCRN for the Business Combination, which would make Tritium a publicly traded company. The completion of the Business Combination is subject to customary closing conditions.
For more information, visit tritiumchargement.com.
ChargeNet Stations’ software platform enables quick service restaurants to provide customers with a superior electric vehicle charging experience while satisfying their hunger pangs. ChargeNet’s hardware-independent SaaS platform, ChargeOpt, leverages electric vehicle chargers, renewable energy and service point offerings to transform parking lots into profit centers.
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