Australia-based Tritium, a designer and manufacturer of direct current (DC) fast chargers for electric vehicles, has officially opened its first US manufacturing facility in Lebanon, Tennessee. The company plans to create more than 500 new cleantech jobs by 2027 and will produce up to 30,000 DC fast-charger units annually.

The chargers manufactured at the site are expected to fulfil the requirements of the US government’s recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act. The law will provide $370bn for climate change initiatives to help reduce carbon emissions by roughly 40% by 2030.

In a press release chief executive officer Jane Hunter commented: “It’s crucial that the US’s charging infrastructure is built right here in the US. Americans will rely on it to get to work, to school, to doctor’s appointments, and more. It needs to be reliable, and it needs to be able to grow to meet their needs. And when we make chargers here in the US, we reduce supply chain and shipping delays, and we help build the manufacturing ecosystem that will employ more Americans.”

Founded in 2001, Tritium is headquartered in the Murarrie suburb of Brisbane. The company also operates offices in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Torrance, California, US.