Currently, most electric vehicles available on the market are personal cars, designed specifically for non-commercial purposes. There are bigger commercial EVs available as well, such as Tesla’s Semi Truck, yet they are still being developed.
That’s why Williams Advanced Engineering, ENGIE, and Anglo American are actively working together on a prototype for the world’s largest electric vehicle. Reportedly, this will be a hydrogen cell-based mining truck, weighing over 290 tons.
According to these three companies, the upcoming electric mining truck will have similar, if not better performance, when compared to diesel-based alternatives. Anglo American is the actual manufacturer, currently in the process of developing an all-electric fleet. ENGIE will be responsible for supplying and fitting the hydrogen fuel cell system, whereas Williams Advanced Engineering will provide the battery system.
According to representatives from the 3 companies, the production of the electric mining truck will commence later this year. Initial testing will be carried out at a platinum metals mine located in South Africa. If the initial testing process is successful, the hydrogen-powered mining truck will be tested at other locations as well; in order to ensure that the truck is capable of withstanding a variety of environmental and work conditions.
In regards to its technical specs, it seems that the truck will feature a 1,000 kilowatt-hours energy storage system, thus ensuring that it can handle the same workload as a diesel-powered mining truck. Battery regeneration is also ensured, through the means of regenerative braking, similar to most electric vehicles designed for personal use.
All in all, following the successful development and manufacturing of the electric mining truck, the machine will hold the record for the world’s largest electric vehicle.