Aqua superPower and Tritium Announce Strategic Partnership to Power Electric Boats
London, United Kingdom, December 22, 2021 — The first marine fast charging network operator, Aqua superPower (“Aqua”), and Tritium Holdings Pty Ltd (“Tritium” or the “Company”), a leading global developer and manufacturer of direct current (“DC”) fast charging technology for electric vehicles (“EVs”), today announced a strategic partnership to electrify transportation on global waterways. Aqua superpower has been rolling out its network of marine fast chargers, with recent installations along the Cote d’Azur and the Italian Riviera, another in Venice, and a further 150 chargers planned next year, with substantial deployment growth to come thereafter.
As the electric mobility revolution continues to take hold on the roads and in the skies, the shift towards electrification is also gathering pace across the marine world. Aqua superpower supports marinas, boat builders and boat owners in the drive to bring electric power to the water and reduce the impact of boating on marine ecosystems. As the demand for marine charging infrastructure grows, Aqua is collaborating with Tritium, a global leader in DC fast charging hardware and software, to deliver the first global marine-specialised fast charging network.
“We elected to work with Tritium for their forward-thinking technology, cutting-edge hardware architecture, and operational cost benefits,” said Aqua superPower’s CEO, Alex Bamberg. “The requirement for a joined-up network of reliable and fast marine chargers to create charging hubs and corridors for electric boat users is absolutely crucial if we are to secure the transition away from liquid carbon fuels. The fully sealed design of Tritium’s DC fast chargers and clarity of the user interface inherently provide the robustness and ease of use needed in the marine and freshwater environment.”
The charging speed provided by DC fast chargers is critical to the growth prospects of the e-boat industry. Aqua’s strategy is to supply reliable, high-speed charging to commercial and recreational marine craft users internationally.
Tritium’s IP65-rated technology provides the fully sealed, safe, and reliable charge that e-boat drivers need. The company’s RTM fast charger model was an ideal solution for Aqua with its twin CCS ports and simultaneous charging capability, enabling boat owners to spend less time charging. This is of particular advantage to commercial and working boat owners and operators, as the more frequent duty cycles made possible by the chargers make e-boat technology both more efficient and more beneficial for the environments in which it is used.
“The existing high-profile installations in Monaco, Portofino and Venice, together with other planned Aqua superPower and Tritium projects around the world, will support the electrification of marine transportation going forward. In the same way that passenger vehicles have reached the tipping point, the future for boating is an electrified fleet,” said Tritium’s CEO, Jane Hunter. “The Aqua team comes with experience in creating fast charging networks. We are delighted to work with them as a marine channel partner and provide the technology to help them pursue their goal for a dedicated marine fast charge network.”
Tritium’s robust, sealed-against-the-elements hardware combines seamlessly with Aqua superPower’s network and user management technology. The marine e-mobility ecosystem requires an easy and reliable user interface providing clear guidance to recharging points if adoption is to become widespread.
Aqua superPower’s network is accessible to marine users via the Aqua secure app, RFID card and contactless payment, with ‘Plug and Charge’ technology expected to be available in the future. The app will enable users to view a map showing charger options and offer navigational aids to guide them to their chosen location.
Aqua’s adoption of Tritium’s technology will promote its mission to reduce the impact of boating on the marine environment by developing an all-electric and integrated global ecosystem of marine fast chargers. The collaboration will expand clean commercial water transport beyond luxury yachts, to ferries, shuttles, and watercraft used for everything from laundry and food delivery to fishing and passenger transport.
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 robust chargers are designed to look great on Main Street and thrive in harsh conditions, through technology engineered to be easy to install, own, and use. Tritium is focused on continuous innovation in support of our customers around the world.
As announced on May 26, 2021, Tritium has entered into a definitive agreement for a business combination with Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corporation II (NASDAQ: DCRN, DCRNW, DCRNU) (“DCRN”), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), that would result in Tritium DCFC Limited (“NewCo”), which will be the going-forward company, becoming publicly listed. Completion of the proposed transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval of DCRN’s stockholders, and is expected to occur in January 2022.
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About Aqua superPower
Aqua superPower is the first fully marinised dockside network of fast chargers for electric boats. Each station provides AC and DC charging with a current maximum power output of 150 kW, allowing DC compatible powerboats to rapidly recharge and extend their autonomy. Aqua has developed the first supercharger specifically engineered and rated for use in marine environments. Built to IP65 standards and constructed using Hydro CIRCAL recycled aluminium, Aqua superPower is a revolutionary and environmentally conscious marine charging solution.
Aqua superPoweris the first fast charge network company awarded a grant under the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the UK Department for Transport, and delivered with Innovate UK. Led by the University of Plymouth with Plymouth City Council, Princess Yachts Limited and Aqua SuperPower as Technology Partner, Plymouth’s Marine e-Charging Living Lab (MeLL) will host the UK’s first charging network for electric maritime vessels. Aqua superPower’s marine fast charge technology and the MeLL project were show cased at COP26 Glasgow.
The global electric boat market is expected to be worth over $20 billion by 2027. There are currently over 30 million recreational boats in the world. According to Aqua superPower, assuming the boat market continues to grow in line with historical trends, it is likely there will be more than 1 million electric boats by 2030. Regulation will accelerate this trend. More and more areas will only be accessible to electric boats.
Source: IDTechEx, Electric Boats and Ships 2017-2027; Aqua estimates
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Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corporation II is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with a target whose principal effort is developing and advancing a platform that decarbonizes the most carbon-intensive sectors. These include the energy and agriculture, industrials, transportation and commercial and residential sectors. DCRN is sponsored by an affiliate of Riverstone Holdings LLC and represents a further expansion of Riverstone’s 15-year franchise in low-carbon investments, having established industry leading, scaled companies with more than US$5 billion of equity invested in renewables.
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