Australian mining company Fortescue has received a prototype 1.4MWh battery for a 240t electric dump truck, developed in collaboration with Liebherr, which will begin testing later this year.
The monstrous battery was developed by a 50-strong department of the British company Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), which was bought by Fortescue last year. The power supply has arrived at the plant in Perth, Australia – the battery consists of 8 individually cooled blocks, each containing 36 battery modules. When assembled, it has dimensions of 3.6 × 1.6 × 2.4 m and a total capacity of 1.4 MWh, fast charging takes only 30 minutes; There is also a braking energy regeneration system.
In June 2022, Fortescue signed an agreement with German-Swiss engineering company Liebherr to convert the T 264 dump truck to clean energy sources. While fitted with a 2700hp diesel engine, it will be replaced with a prototype 15-tonne electric motor, after which the car will be tested in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. By 2030, Fortescue, one of the world’s largest iron ore miners, aims to achieve zero emissions by fully switching to renewable energy sources.