Australia will have a fleet of thousands of electric Toyota Hilux used in mining, ditching the turbo diesel engine. The project can result from the joint work between SEA Electric – a specialist in this type of conversion – and MEVCO, which provides shipping services to one of the leading mining countries.
SEA Electric said that the trucks will be fully functional, and will take all the bumps needed for a mining vehicle. In total, 8,500 electric Toyotas will be produced, with the Hilux making up most of them and the Land Cruiser to complement them.
The trucks will have a medium voltage system, which does not require battery thermal management, thus reducing costs and facilitating maintenance. In addition, there will be both 4 × 2 and 4 × 4 options for the Hilux, with two different battery sizes.
The largest battery has 60 kWh, and a range of 260 kilometers, according to estimates. In the 80 kWh version, the range is 380 km, and both can be charged with direct current; enough to take charge from zero to 80% in less than an hour. In addition, the power cells have a five-year warranty.
According to Toyota, The car’s electric motor is at the front and will have 182 hp. The biggest advantage is 71.4 kgfm of torque, which allows a significant improvement in operation in challenging areas. Thus, the electric Hilux becomes the right vehicle for use in mining companies.
More and more, combustion cars have been converted to electric models, as well as the preservation of the style and the conversion of pumping methods. These changes in the automotive industry present commercial benefits, which will be exploited by mining companies in Australia.
As Australia is always next to Brazil on the list of the world’s largest mining companies, success on the other side of the Southern Hemisphere could certainly spur similar changes here.