FMG & WAE to Develop Zero Emissions Battery Electric Haul Truck
Fortescue Metals Group announced an agreement with Williams Advanced Engineering to design, build, test and integrate a battery system to power an
Fortescue Metals Group announced an agreement with Williams Advanced Engineering to design, build, test and integrate a battery system to power an electric mining haul truck, as an important first step to decarbonising mining haul fleet. The project includes the design and construction of a bespoke 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 a 240-tonne prototype haul truck for performance testing at Fortescue’s mining operations in the Pilbara, Western Australia. To support the full implementation of a battery-electric haulage fleet, the project will also involve the development of a fast charging unit which will harness renewable energy from Fortescue’s Pilbara Energy Connect network.
Williams Advanced Engineering Limited is a world-leading technology and engineering business, born out of Williams F1 in 2010. Based on the Williams technical campus in Grove, Oxfordshire, UK, WAE successfully deliver projects for a global customer base. With over 300 employees, the Company prides itself in solving the most difficult applied engineering challenges for clients across a wide range of sectors, combining cutting edge technology and the industry's best engineers with precision and speed to market. WAE’s unique knowledge of high performance lightweight batteries has been honed in the highly-competitive and demanding motorsport arena and the company now provides battery systems for the majority of the global electric racing series including Formula E, Extreme E and ETCR.