AUSTRALIAN electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging solutions company, Tritium, is driving growth in Europe by establishing its European Union headquarters in the Netherlands capital, Amsterdam.

The announcement is part of Brisbane-based Tritium’s strategic development plan to take service, support, sales, training and manufacturing of its fast-charging solutions closer to customers around the world. 

Tritium has secured about 20 percent of the Western Europe market in just four years and is gearing up for greater inroads into fleet, workplace, public transport, multi-residential and ‘on-street’ public charging sectors.

Amsterdam is the second overseas facility opened by Tritium in just over a year, the first in Torrance, California, in 2017

The Amsterdam facility will be the centre for Tritium’s sales program across the EU and also house a state-of-the-art training and accreditation unit for technical servicing and customer support.  Tritium has built-in capability to customise its product range to meet local market needs and specific customer requirements. 

“The opening of this facility represents a major investment and commitment to the European market,” Tritium co-founder and CEO, David Finn said. “It’s in direct response to increased demand for our products and services from this region. 

“In just a few years, Tritium has made a significant impact in the fast-charging sector and we needed to have a local presence operational in Europe ahead of a very active year, when we’ll be launching a number of new initiatives.

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FOUR-time Australian Top Fuel Champion Darren Morgan will give V8 Supercars fans a taste of what his 10,000 horsepower Top Fuel Dragster can do at Adelaide 500 this weekend.

From Friday until Sunday, Morgan will showcase his vehicle in front of more than 250,000 spectators at Round 1 of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. 

Morgan previously stunned crowds at Adelaide 500 in 2017 and 2011.

“It’s excellent to have the chance to showcase our vehicle at another Supercars event, where we can continue to expand our fan base at all types of motorsport events,” Morgan said.

“We are looking forward to converting new motorsport fans over to the powerful sport of drag racing.

“We are thankful for the continuous support of our marketing partners.”

Morgan will fire up his Top Fuel Dragster various times over the weekend, as well as perform demonstration burnouts on the main straight on Friday at 1.45pm and Saturday at 12.30pm.

The Top Fuel Dragster will be on display from through to Sunday, with spectators given the chance to get up close to the vehicle.

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Japanese ICT giants put AI on the road

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DENSO Corporation and Toshiba are jointly developing an artificial intelligence (AI) technology, called Deep Neural Network-Intellectual Property (DNN-IP), which will accelerate driver assistance and automated driving technologies and open up new business applications.

The move combines image recognition systems which have been independently developed by the two companies to help achieve automated driving technologies way ahead of what exists today – aiming to rival and exceed the human brain. 

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THE Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions met recently to progress the Turnbull Government's commitment to reduce Australia's vehicle emissions.

Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher and Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg resolved to advance the work the Forum started before the Federal Election. 

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NATIONAL car brokerage Red Plum Automotive (RPA) has rapidly expanded since the business launched in 2013 – the result of astutely driving a handful of savvy business practices.

RPA managing director, Christopher Lee actually started the business from his kitchen bench in 2013, aiming to provide the widest possible variety of vehicles to meet customer needs, ranging from work utilities to luxury saloons to high-end sports cars. Red Plum aims to find precisely the right vehicle at precisely the right price for customers. 

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WHAT will cars look like and how will they operate in 2030? It is a challenging question that Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers are going into overdrive to answer.

A QUT research team is investigating the future of vehicles and mobility in the Asia-Pacific region by asking up to 200 experts throughout Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand what vehicle options they forecast will exist 15 years from now, and by asking 6000 residents in those same countries what vehicles they would purchase in the future. 

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