Kempower DC fast-charging solutions selected to electrify Western Australian bus station
- Kempower’s DC fast-charging solutions will be deployed at the Elizabeth Quay Bus Station in Perth, Western Australia, after its partner JET Charge was awarded the project tender.
- The EV charging infrastructure at the Elizabeth Quay Bus Station will feature Kempower Satellite charging systems, including three Kempower Power Units and 18 Kempower Satellites.
- The first of 18 new electric buses on the Perth Central Area Transit (CAT) service are expected to begin operating in the second half of 2024.
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – Kempower’s DC fast-charging solutions will be deployed at a Western Australian bus station after its partner JET Charge was awarded a contract to provide rapid electric bus charging infrastructure at Elizabeth Quay Bus Station in Perth. The project forms part of an AUS$250 million collaborative effort between the Australian Federal and State Governments to transform the bus depot and support the introduction of new electric buses.
JET Charge is Australia’s largest EV charging infrastructure specialist. Kempower partnered with the company in early 2022 to accelerate the take-up of electric vehicles in Australia. To date, the two companies have teamed up to deliver chargers for Western Australia’s new EV network, one of the world’s longest single EV infrastructure projects, and the charging infrastructure for Team Global Express’ Sydney depot, Australia’s biggest-ever electric truck trial.
The EV charging infrastructure at the Elizabeth Quay Bus Station will feature the Kempower Satellite charging system, including three Kempower Power Units and 18 single-output Kempower Satellites. The solution is perfectly suited to optimizing spatial limitations at the site and working amongst busy bus movements. Its unique modular architecture with dynamic power management allows high output from a compact footprint, while the double Power Units can be remotely located. Once Kempower’s charging solutions are installed, it will support the operation of 18 electric buses on the Perth Central Area Transit service and allow rapid charging during layover windows, fully meeting operational needs.
“Deploying our DC fast-charging solutions at the Elizabeth Quay Bus Station is the latest example of how we’re supporting the growing Australian EV market through our powerful, user-friendly charging design. Australia has several unique characteristics that set it apart from other e-mobility markets, such as a sparse grid and extreme weather conditions. The country’s EV drivers require tailored solutions to overcome these challenges, which we’ve proven we can deliver,” said Kempower’s CEO Tomi Ristimäki.
“Kempower’s DC satellite system charge technology will play a crucial role in the transformation. Its unique modular architecture with dynamic power management allows high output from a compact footprint, so it’s perfectly suited to optimizing spatial restrictions at Elizabeth Quay and working amongst busy bus movements,” said JET Charge’s Bus Sector Lead Alex Bowler.
“We’re investing in new electric buses, but also ensuring we have the infrastructure in place to support those electric buses and delivering the facilities so we can manufacture and build the buses right here in Western Australia. By the middle of next year, Perth Central Area Transit passengers will be able to get around the central business district in a more environmentally friendly way,” said Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
Installation works at the depot are expected to begin in early 2024, with the first of the new electric buses due to enter service in the second half of the year.
Paula Savonen, VP, Communications, Kempower
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Kempower in brief
We design and manufacture reliable and user-friendly DC fast-charging solutions for electric vehicles. Our vision is to create the world’s most desired EV charging solutions for everyone, everywhere. Our product development and production are based in Finland, with the majority of our materials and components sourced locally. We focus on all areas of e-mobility, from electric cars, trucks, and buses to machines and marine. Our modular and scalable charging system and world-class software are designed by EV drivers for EV drivers, enabling the best user experience for our customers around the world. Kempower is listed in the Nasdaq First North Growth Market Finland.
About JET Charge
JET Charge is Australia’s leading electric vehicle charging infrastructure business, on a mission to accelerate the uptake of EVs by breaking down the barriers to EV charging. They are charging partners for many of Australia’s largest vehicle manufacturers, leading corporates, and government agencies. JET Charge specialises in EV charging engineering, hardware supply, electrical installation, and maintenance, as well as EV charging grid integration services.