Fortescue, William Advanced Engineering to develop electric haul truck

Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) has signed an agreement with Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) to jointly design and develop a zero-emission battery-electric mining haul truck.

The project includes the design and construction of a customised battery-electric powertrain with the ability to regenerate power as the truck travels downhill.

The battery will be built at WAE’s facility in the United Kingdom, before being shipped to Perth for integration into the 240-tonne prototype haul truck. A performance test will then be undertaken at Fortescue’s mining operations in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

A fast-charging unit will also be developed to support the full implementation of a battery-electric haulage fleet, which will harness renewable energy from Fortescue’s Pilbara Energy Connect Network.

“Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing the planet and Fortescue is committed to tackling this challenge head-on through our industry-leading target to achieve net-zero operational emissions by 2040,” said Elizabeth Gains, Fortescue Chief Executive Officer.

“Fortescue’s history of developing and adopting innovation and technology has been key to the success of our business and in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, we look forward to applying this technology-first strategy to our emissions reduction pathway.”

WAE Managing Director Craig Wilson said, “We are delighted to be working with Fortescue on this pioneering project that will help enable their future Decarbonisation strategy, contributing to a reduction of carbon emissions in the heavy-duty mining sector. Both companies have a shared culture for innovation and rapid response and are committed to creating a sustainable future.”

Source: Fortescue Metals Group | Fortescue partners with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop zero emissions battery electric haul truck

9 March 2021

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