Rio Tinto and BHP to test battery-electric haul trucks in the Australian Outback

Metals and mining giants BHP and Rio Tinto have announced plans to test large battery-electric haul truck technology in Australia’s Outback.

The two companies will collaborate with both Caterpillar and Komatsu to test the latter two’s battery-electric haul trucks in the rugged weather and terrain of the Pilbara, which has an arid and tropical climate where temperatures of 113° F (45° C) are not uncommon during the summer, making it an ideal test site for the battery-electric haul trucks.

The tests will assess the performance of batteries as well as static and dynamic charging systems in the harsh Pilbara environment.

The schedule calls for testing of two Cat 793 haul trucks in the second half of 2024 and two Komatsu 930 haul trucks starting in 2026, both at mine sites in the Pilbara.

Source: Rio Tinto

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