New wave of electric vehicles to hit WA mine sites

1 March, 2023

WA mining sites are set to receive a new wave of electric vehicles in the coming months. 

The first miner in WA to take delivery of the Australian engineered Toyota Hilux Utes will be Mineral Resources. Mineral Resources produces iron ore as well as lithium for global export.

One of the selected Mineral Resource mine sites that will be utilising the new vehicles is the Koolyanobbing iron ore mine.

The vehicles were supplied by MEVCO have been converted from diesel to all- electric in Melbourne by SEA Electric.

The 88kWH battery powered vehicles can be charged to 80% in less than an hour and have a range of up to 380km.

“Our MEVCO electric utes are just one of the many ways we’re driving towards net zero and an exciting step in our decarbonisation journey,” Mineral Resources’ CEO Mining Services Mike Grey said. 

“Battery technologies are key to a clean energy future. As the world races towards decarbonisation, we are part of the journey because it’s not just good business but the right thing to do.” 

Two years ago, Mineral Resources introduced electric light trucks and last year made headlines for a world-first successful test run of an autonomous road train platoon.

These steps toward electrification highlight how WA mining continues to gain pace in reducing carbon emissions.