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EVs go underground, as BHP beats Tesla to the electric ute

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BHP transforms a V8 4WD true blue Aussie ute to electric drive to work at it giant underground mine, and cops some flak from the nay-sayers.

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Source: Facebook, BHP Olympic Dam

We know a lot of the world’s biggest mining and resources companies are turning to clean energy to power their remote and off-grid operations – and, more recently, their processing plants.

But what about their cars?

Australian mining giant BHP has announced that it is trialling electric vehicles – and not among its fleet of executive rides, but at the “coalface”, so to speak, of its massive Olympic Dam copper mine in South Australia.

The news was announced on the BHP website on Wednesday, as well as in a Facebook post that is attracting some predictably negative and skeptical public feedback – but that’s mostly because the company has done the unspeakable and converted a V8 4WD true blue Aussie ute to electric drive.

Yes, an electric ute. And in doing so, with the help of Adelaide-based Voltra, which adapted the vehicle, BHP has managed to beat Tesla to the punch, with Elon Musk only these past few weeks releasing a few clues about the next big project for the EV maker.

According to Voltra, the eCruiser is based on the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series, “the most popular light vehicle in mining today,” and has been put through its paces (at a NZ wind farm, see image below) and “proven to survive the longest in rough, corrosive 4WD environments.”

Source: Voltra.net.au

Voltra says the electric motor driving the eCruiser is “relatively simple,” especially when compared to a diesel engine, which requires costly maintenance.

Like other EVs, the electric motor also acts as a regenerative brake, and the Voltra says the li-ion battery offers the necessary range, durability and efficient charging to make the eCruiser a reliable mining light vehicle.

As BHP’s Facebook post explains, the company’s very own adapted 4 x 4 Toyota LandCruiser ute – pictured above – arrived in Roxby Downs earlier this month, and has been undergoing final testing before it joins the 240-vehicle underground fleet in July.

A second adapted EV is expected to “join the fold” in coming months, the company says, with a decision on wider deployment at Olympic Dam expected to be made during in the coming financial year.

“While they may look similar to a traditional Land Cruiser or ute, our LEVs are at the heart of our work on low emissions technology,” BHP says.

“Powered by a lithium-ion battery, it will be monitored for performance, power supply, maintenance requirements, charging time and corrosion resistance underground.

“Importantly, as they are battery-powered, our team’s exposure to the diesel particular matter generated by traditional diesel engines is significantly reduced.”

This is a major concern for BHP, and its Olympic Dam site – with its team of around 800 underground employees – is as good a place as any to begin to address it.

Among its other environmental and sustainability targets, the company has set a goal to cut in half the number of employees with potential exposure to particulate matter, across all of its operations.

According to the World Health Organisation, diesel particulate matter is carcinogenic to the same degree as cigarette smoke and asbestos, and diesel machinery in underground mines presents some of the most severe exposures to this health hazard.

But the shift to electric powered vehicles is also about cutting costs. According to the Voltra website, a mining fleet using renewable energy could cut its total energy costs by 10-20 per cent compared to the cost of diesel fuel.

“Olympic Dam’s switch to LEVs in its operations will reduce emissions, exposure and costs – as well as influencing the rollout of similar initiatives in our other locations,” the company says.

BHP plans to share the data it collects from the trial across the company, to help accelerate the broader deployment of electric light vehicles.

“This is a really exciting project for BHP that has the potential to significantly reduce our emissions and improve working conditions for our people right across the globe, and we are especially proud that Olympic Dam is at the forefront,” the FB post says.

But, as noted above, some of the comments posted in response to the news tell the story of an Australia that is still a few-thousand kilmometres shy of embracing electric cars.

“Couldn’t see this lasting too long underground there, haha,” says one comment. Another: “this here is a Cruiser I don’t like;” and “V8 Cruisers deserve to have V8s in them.”

Sadly, such attitudes as these are nurtured – or at least, not discouraged – by the nation’s ICE car lobby, and some of its most senior politicians, either because they have a lot to lose from the shift to EVs, or because they are just hard-wired to reject any and all technological change.

We saw this in full force late last month, when Australia’s car industry lobby launched a major new kick-back against car emissions standards being vaguely proposed for light vehicles in Australia.

As we reported here, the Murdoch papers eagerly reported dire warnings from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries that an emissions standard – Australia is one of the world’s only OECD nations that does not have one – would take some of the nation’s highest selling cars out of the market, including those precious utes.

And Nationals senator John Williams vowed to resist any new standard that stopped rural and regional Australians from buying their vehicle of choice.

“This might be all well and good to save the planet in someone’s eyes, but to me an electric vehicle out on a station, on a farm, would be totally useless,” Williams told The Australian.

Looks like BHP didn’t get the memo.

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  1. john 2 years ago

    Underground is the key here.
    As outline particulate matter is a very serious aspect of underground operations.
    Electric is a good option especially as the vehicles will not be doing long trips and the torque advantage climbing up the ramps is obvious.
    Besides of which if properly fitted out the ability to provide power to fitters is an obvious advantage.
    There is no reason that this kind of vehicles should not be used in a lot of small area industrial situations.

    • Ian 2 years ago

      Also tight turning circles on steep inclines and declines are not good for ICE gear boxes. Regenerative braking must be a plus from a fuel expense and brake-pad saving point of view. But , really, how very obvious, diesel particulate emissions in a confined mining space that’s about as stupid as crapping in your drinking water.

  2. George Darroch 2 years ago

    Eh. This is BHP, currently campaigning to destroy Australia’s clean energy trajectory. I could take or leave a few diesel utes in exchange for them doing the right thing by Australia and the world.

    • johannes 2 years ago

      You might be right about BHP’s broader outlook George, but a business looking to minimise harm to workers and cut costs at the same time is exactly the type of example we need, to see growth of EV use in industry.

    • Carl Raymond S 2 years ago

      I thought I read recently that BHP were departing the Minerals Council, unless they changed tune on climate change. Perhaps not so evil.

      • Joe 2 years ago

        Correct me if I am wrong but as I understand it BHP have yet to walk the walk on their MCA withdrawal. They / BHP were part of the cabal that went to Canberra to ‘win over support’ for The NEG from The MOANash Forum groupies, the Abbott, the Kelly, the Abetz, the Joyce. To me this E-Ute story is ‘Green Washing’ by BHP. Lets see their / BHP support for economy wide Renewables before saying good job with the E-Ute.

        • Carl Raymond S 2 years ago

          That does fit the picture.

  3. Gyrogordini 2 years ago

    Looks like a terrific initiative, and agree that PM2.5 etc underground must be a potential/real problem. Hopefully more info about the conversion will gradually become available.

  4. Rhys Lloyd 2 years ago

    Logically it’s the only type of vehicle which should be used underground.

    I’m still not convinced they’d be useful on large farms or outback stations. I’m a big fan of electric vehicles, but having been out to some of these remote stations and seen the conditions they work in, you can see why even normal vehicles don’t survive – the station vehicles, the local ambulance, the police etc. all use the 70 series LandCruiser because there’s nothing else on the market as tough or reliable.

    But who knows, if it can operate through deep creek crossings, has a 500km+ range and fast-charging – then maybe, just maybe.

    • George Darroch 2 years ago

      Those are all reasonable points. On the other hand, being able to charge it from your panels and saving on having tanker deliveries to the farm might be attractive. It’s going to be a while before these fit all use-cases.

      • Rhys Lloyd 2 years ago

        Yeah, look, to me it’s inevitable. It’ll just be a really slow transition in those rural areas.

        Pioneering this stuff in mining environments will demonstrate their toughness as those environments are often much harsher than typical rural usage.

        If the trial is successful I’d love to hear Toyota’s take on it as their current direction is hybrid and hydrogen; both significantly more complex (inherently less reliable) than a battery and an electric motor.

    • DJR96 2 years ago

      An EV can be made to handle deep water crossings.
      Performance can easily out do ICE.
      Can cope with any temperature range.
      Dusty environments are nothing.
      Fuel contamination would be a thing of the past.
      Range really is the only issue of concern left, and battery tech is still improving. Most utes have plenty of space for stuffing more battery capacity if required.
      For owners, they just need to get into the habit of plugging in when it’s parked at home.

      • Rhys Lloyd 2 years ago

        Just to clarify, I’m a fan of EVs. They are the future. But in rural and remote areas there are concerns, which if addressed should mean the transition to EVs is a no-brainer.

        > An EV can be made to handle deep water crossings.
        I’m sure they *could*, but are they there yet?

        > Performance can easily out do ICE.
        I know. I didn’t raise performance as a concern – the torque would actually be of huge benefit.

        > Can cope with any temperature range.
        Can they? The motors I’m sure, but the batteries? I don’t know enough – but it gets to 50+ degrees out there. Not to mention many farmers use their utes to fight bushfires where the temperate can easily exceed this.

        > Dusty environments are nothing.
        For the motor, yep. Still need a cabin filter because the vehicle occupants still need to breathe.

        > Fuel contamination would be a thing of the past.
        Yep. Generally any ICE related issues are gone. Simpler setup should mean greater reliability/less maintenance.

        With respect to toughness, if the batteries can take thousands of kms of corrugations, bumps, heat cycles, drenchings, operate safely in and around bushfires across extremely tough terrain; basically all the things the utes can (and do) do currently – then the switch to EV is a no-brainer.

        • Kevfromspace 2 years ago

          > The Tesla Model S & X operate really well in flooded areas due to their traction control, all wheel drive, hermetically sealed battery packs and ability to float. Look up Tesla Amphibious mode. It’s much easier to waterproof an electric car than an internal combustion vehicle because an engine needs air, whereas electric motors don’t.

          > Teslas perform better in the heat than the cold. Range may be reduced because the AC is being run harder. Regarding safety, the batteries in Teslas are cooled using an active liquid cooling system which keeps them at the optimum operating temperature, even in outdoor temperatures up to 60°C. However, owners are advised not to keep their Teslas in temperatures above 60°C for over 24 hrs at a time. The battery in a Nissan Leaf on the other hand has no cooling system, causing it to struggle intensely in similar heat conditions. Charging rates slow down, and Leaf batteries tend to reduce in capacity dramatically many years sooner than the batteries in its competition’s EVs.

          > The Tesla Model S and X have the best cabin filter in any car ever built. I’m sure its success could be replicated in similar ute EVs.

          • Rhys Lloyd 2 years ago

            > due to their traction control, all wheel drive
            This is irrelevant and not a good indicator of a vehicle being capable in the outback (which is the discussion point). Toyota 70 series utes which aren’t available with traction control can (and do) go much further than a Model X ever could.

            > outdoor temperatures up to 60°C
            This is a sticking point. Farmers use their utes to fight bushfires; which means driving up close and alongside the fire (I unfortunately have had personal experience with this on several occasions) – the radiant temperate of the fire is significantly higher. Granted this is for a limited time and not all the time – I’m really more concerned about the safety of the battery in proximity to these types of temperatures.

            > cabin filter
            Not a big deal; existing issue with existing vehicles.

          • MacNordic 2 years ago

            Not sure the temperature is a problem here:
            Most batteries in EVs are protected by a hardened battery compartment consisting of some stiff material against penetration by objects from the outside as well as fireproof insulation to contain thermal runaways inside the battery pack.
            Depending on the make and specification, there should be quite a safety margin (=> takes quite a while for the radiated heat to get the cooled battery pack to a critical temperature).
            I have no specific data, though.

            For comparison: All cars have rubber tires, which tend to go up in smoke above certain temperatures (280°-400°C, depending on the mixture). ICE cars carry tanks full of fuel; with an ignition point of 200°C upwards. Both do not have a cooling system or insulation/ hardened compartment all around…

          • Rhys Lloyd 2 years ago

            Makes sense. Assuming the battery pack is cooled and well insulated then it shouldn’t be a problem. Tick.

          • Kevfromspace 2 years ago

            Range will improve with time. Limited range is not a shortcoming of EVs in general, just a problem with the current generation of EVs. By the time a mass market EV ute hits the road, there will be one with over 500kms of range. Traction control is important in the outback, however in this case I was specifically referring to driving through flooded waters.

        • Ian 2 years ago

          Just how many vehicles are you talking about that are required to travel thousands of km on corrugations, through flooded creeks, to put out bush fires in 60’c ambient heat? Maybe we can make an exception for these and run them on some biodiesel;) . Nice project to find a suitable BEV replacement or even as a competition for suppliers of such vehicles. Robowars meets Dakar rally.

          • Rhys Lloyd 2 years ago

            Umm… that’s what these 70 series utes do already. Out in the bush, by farmers, station workers, mining companies, forestry organisations and so on.

            These utes skimp on luxury for durability via simplicity; no electric windows (or electric anything really), manual gearbox, solid axels – they only just started coming out with cruise control.

            I’m not saying any of this would need to change, or even that it’s not possible; but if an EV version of the same vehicle had the same durability (and greater range from a “tank”), they’d be a no-brainer.

            The gaps I do see are with the remote exploring campers (particularly convoys). Granted, subset of a subset, but when 30 vehicles (or even 3-4) all turn up to the same town at the same time to recharge before heading back out bush (I travel on an event like this annually); the fast charging is going to need to be *fast*; not to mention have plenty of stored power available.

            Or even people doing trips along the likes of the Canning Stock Route which requires travellers to have on board fuel for a range of about 1400 km (in the tank and jerry cans).

            Edge cases I know – and definitely aren’t things to stop development of tough EVs (especially for underground mining operations where it’s a no-brainer); but it’s a hard sell to these people who do regularly head bush and try to spend as little time as possible in towns.

            Maybe biodiesel, maybe hydrogen. Maybe there’s a battery breakthrough quadrupling the energy density per kg with super fast charging in minutes (nirvana).

          • Ian 2 years ago

            The scenario that you describe for the which the no frills 70 series has evolved sounds like just the sort of competition that BEV makers can ply their skills. Not saying that the existing transport mode needs to be dumped, just that this sort of harsh environment would be a nice challenge for those that want to push the knowledge envelope regarding BEV. In the greater scheme of things decarbonising the pointless city commute is probably more important than trying to scrap a handful of hardy bushman utes.

          • Rhys Lloyd 2 years ago

            Agree on both points.

    • trackdaze 2 years ago

      70 series eat $1000 alternators with abandon

      • Rhys Lloyd 2 years ago

        That’s because they put it too damn low and it is subject to all sorts of mud, dust and crap.

      • Ian Smith 2 years ago

        Drink oil too.

    • Ian 2 years ago

      When you say large farms presumably you mean large scale cultivation of monocrops like wheat, cotton, or peanuts etc. with huge mobile machines like combine harvesters, multi wheel tractors and the like, and by remote stations you mean massive cattle and sheep properties with very low head counts per km2 using vehicles, helicopters and horses to round up and transport animals maybe one time in their lives. Two totally different scenarios. The first fuel and capital intensive, the other light on fuel , relying on very low input costs, but needing maximum reliability and the ability to improvise and make do.

      These are interesting applications for battery vehicle technology and definitely city style BEV’s like Tesla model X or the little Nissan Leaf may seem a bit out of place, but then again so would the ICE equivalents.

      The farming sector of the economy needs teasing out – why should it be untouched by renewables just because of romantic notions of the remote tough life under the wide open Australian skies. Farming is a very diverse industry but for fun here are some ideas for renewables use in this game.

      Large field monocropping:
      Large harvesters are very specialised vehicles with multiple moving parts but may not necessarily require a lot of fuel/electrical energy for their operation. Tractors need weight and traction something batteries and high torque electric motors are very good at. Specialised drones for fertilising and crop dusting. Electric semi trucks with enough range to match driver fatigue travelling on very defined and unvarying routes carrying produce from industrial sized farm to rail station or grain silo nothing to complex for battery electric transportation.

      Remote station sheep and cattle properties:
      You could imagine electric drones rounding up cattle or providing eye in the sky capabilities, or electric Utes with rollout solar providing electric power for temporary sites such as remote camping, Opel mining, tree cutting, post drilling and other power tool use. No running out of fuel a thousand km from the nearest servo has got to be a bonus for BEV deep in the outback.

      Fruit, vegetables and irrigation:
      A big part of farming is irrigation or procuring bore water and solar and /or wind is very suitable for this function. Riverine fruit farms which require refrigerated sheds, irrigation, frequent but short trip transportation, orchard type machines are very suited to solar power generation and battery vehicle/storage. Vineyards with refrigeration and hot water requirements: very stupid to not use solar, ice storage, heat storage, heating and cooling heat pumps .

      Intensive small lifestock farms:
      Similarly chicken and pig farms with large sheds and large roofs requiring electrical power for lighting,heating, cooling, cleaning, refrigeration, transport etc – perfect fit for behind the meter solar and BEV integrated storage.

      Pasture , dairy farms:
      These are interesting because a common location of such properties is coastal and windy. Wind turbines plus dairy farms should be the norm in places like Victoria and South Eastern NSW

      Greenhouses and desalination/ solar thermal, solar PV:
      Tomatoes, cucumbers etc.

      Fish farming :
      Water filtering, pumping etc very suitable to solar electricity use.

      There should be a university or institute working on just these issues, the scope is so wide. In fact, good Giles and Sophie, agriculture could be excellent fodder for many fine renewables articles. No more flying under the radar for this part of the economy. Expose and depose Fossil fuels where-ever they be used.

      • Rhys Lloyd 2 years ago

        You seem to be thinking that I’m against renewable energy for farming and stations. I re-read my comment and I’m not sure how you arrived at that conclusion. I believe that renewables are the absolute future.

        Also I wasn’t thinking about heavy agricultural machinery in my comments; I was thinking specifically about the Ute itself.

        Sowing, maintaining and reaping crops with electric autonomous machinery is inevitable. They are already semi-autonomous and have been for many years; and big enough to hold massive batteries. Just a matter of time really.

        Outback cattle stations are already investing in solar and storage as their existing energy source are on site diesel generators.

        We’re ideologically aligned – with the exception of rounding up cattle with drones unless they can significantly increase their battery life and you’ve got particularly flighty cattle who would actually move for them. I’m not an expert by any means, but have spent some time shifting cattle around small paddocks and for some you’re basically pushing them along with the bull bar on the Ute. If they don’t want to move, they’re not going to move.

  5. Craig Allen 2 years ago

    Tesla is focussed on the luxury end of the market, so we need others to develop vehicles for practical use at a reasonable price. If BHP demonstrates that this works for them, and therefore could for the mining industry more broadly, then it might encourage others to mass produce similarly pragmatic machines.

    • George Darroch 2 years ago

      There’s also the Bollinger B1, which is expensive and not in production yet. Many more will come.

  6. John Saint-Smith 2 years ago

    There’s nothing new about electric underground mining machinery. The big issue has always been diesel emissions underground. Mt Isa has been using electric mining equipment for years. Sure it’s not battery powered, but cost efficient batteries have only been around for a short time. Electric motors take up much less space than diesels, have better torque, fewer moving parts, and lower operating temperatures in deep hot mines, all of which means their maintenance cost and down time is much lower.

    And then there’s the big one. Surface mining draglines have been electric for a long time, dragging a giant extension lead, because a diesel powered equivalent with fuel aboard would be so heavy that it couldn’t move!

    Short runs and big torque loads without expensive gear boxes mean EVs makes perfect sense for all big mining jobs. All they need to do is to devote a few ha to solar power for re-charging and they won’t even miss their diesel subsidy.

    • Rick 2 years ago

      No mining on cloudy days. Thinks me not.
      They are building a powerstation and a desal plant. Do you know how many giga litres of water they currently pull out of the Great Artesian basin.
      There is nothing green about this.

      • My_Oath 2 years ago

        Its about the micro-environment, not the macro environment. Converting to all electric results in cleaner, cooler air underground. Safer and lower cost.

      • John Saint-Smith 2 years ago

        Um, Rick, the machines under the ground will be powered by batteries. They are able to operate in the dark. All you need to do is to charge them when the sun is shining and store the energy in chemical form, eg Hydrogen. It may surprise you to learn that plants – the green kind – worked this out many hundreds of millions of years ago. That’s how roots grow ‘underground’.

        Separately, you may be surprised to learn that the Great Artesian Basin is one of a small number of artesian aquifers in the world which is not considered to be in danger of being over- used. This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t monitor the miner’s use of water, nor give them free and unlimited access. They should pay for what they use, and this, like a carbon tax, would encourage them to think of ways of reducing, and or recycling water, in order to save money.

        Desalination, and water recycling will become increasingly attractive as graphene based nano-filters come onto the market.

    • My_Oath 2 years ago

      I was working with battery electric haulage underground in Kalgoorlie in the 80s. Here’s to returning to the old tech!

      Also of note: Caterpillar is currently testing a battery electric LHD bogger in an underground mine in Canada.

  7. Ian Smith 2 years ago

    These electric 4x4s will have more grunt and be more reliable than that p.o.s. V8 in these Yotas. The old 4.2 six was a much nicer version. Definitely the right move for underground.

    • Rhys Lloyd 2 years ago

      The V8s are pretty decent these days. Took them a while, but they got there. Endless grunt (although an EV would have more). Not bagging the 4.2/6 though, that motor was bulletproof.

      • Ian Smith 2 years ago

        The farmers around here hate them. So many just give up the ghost or under perform. D-Max seems popular.

        • Rhys Lloyd 2 years ago

          Interesting. Possibly burnt by the early teething issues they had? Toyota have seemed to sorted them all out (except the alternator issue). Know many who swear by them (the newer ones).

          Don’t know much about the D-Max. Seems like a decent bus; have never driven one though.

  8. Peter Campbell 2 years ago

    This style of ute was popular for EV conversions in the olden days (>10 years ago) when only lead-acid was available at a reasonable price to home converters. They could carry half a tonne of lead placed low and central without a problem and still have plenty of capacity to carry other useful loads. Now with lithium battery options, they are an even easier option to convert. Converting remains sensible if you need this vehicle style since there are no commercial options yet. If you just want an ordinary town car, then I would no longer bother with conversion and suggest people just buy a used commercial EV unless they want a project to work on.
    Even with my old conversion that had an open DC motor, not a modern sealed AC motor, I was able to drive through torrential rain without any issues though I admit I did not try any creek crossings.

  9. IT67 2 years ago

    I must confess I’m a little bit amused by some (by no means all) of the comments on this article. Just because an EV isn’t **perfect** for every scenario known to man it somehow isn’t a viable option.

    As a very old saying goes: ‘Perfect is the biggest enemy of better’

    EV’s will eventually become bespoke to their intended environment – pretty much the same as ICE vehicles are just now. Certain Makes, Models, Options and Variants will be used in the appropriate environment to make the most of their strengths and weaknesses. Just as there are many variants for ICE just now, there are just as many awaiting full EV implementation.

    As soon as an EV becomes a better option for a particular job – it will become a market leader. Pretty simple really. If there are some aspects to get developed or need improved it will wait until a viable option appears.

    This must be the internet equivalent of replacing the horse and cart. For a short time the horse and cart **might** have been better for certain tasks. As soon as a viable ICE variant came along the poor horse ended up as glue (or cheap burgers, take your pick). No need to pick over historical trends to figure out what happens next.

    As always, just IMHO……

  10. Charles 2 years ago

    “BHP beat Tesla to the electric ute”

    Can we please not move towards this kind of clickbaity headline? What BHP has done is nothing compared to what Tesla is planning to do. Please don’t add the name “Tesla” into an article headline just for the clicks.

  11. Rick 2 years ago

    The stink of diesel underground is shocking and worth the change over to electric all by itself. Also, much of the underground heavy mining equipment is now mains electric powered.
    However, if you think this is some sort of a green initiative you have rocks in your head, they will burn diesel on the surface to make the electricity. Also, all underground vehicles at Olympic dam never return to the surface, at the end of a vehicles life they are parked underground and written off due to the radiation the have been exposed to. Whilst not dangerous they are not worth the publicity.
    Saying this is environmentally good sounds like selling $10 notes for $5 to me.

  12. Coley 2 years ago

    Diesels underground are a total menace, masks provide no protection, I drove one underground at Ellington colliery and it left me knackered, did more damage in two years then all the dust and muck of the previous twenty.

  13. Rick 2 years ago

    The moderators are only interested in green ideology.
    I posted a factual comment about the fact these vehicles will be scrapped at the end of life and burried underground becase of the low levels of radiation they are exposed to. This is publicly acknowledged and articles have been published in the Melbourne Age that confirm this.
    The only reason to use electric power underground is for personal health and safety. It has nothing to do with environment.
    They will also be recharged by a new gas and existing diesel powered power station with some wind and solar.

    • Stuart51 2 years ago

      “will also be recharged by a new gas and existing diesel powered power station”
      Even then there will be efficiency gains.
      “some wind and solar”
      Make wind and solar bigger.

  14. Eric 2 years ago

    I think when Tesla unveils it’s Ute Toyota and other 4wd manufacturers will be feeling very nervous.

    The performance characteristics, reliability and total cost of ownership will be far far superior to anything that an ICEV could ever achieve.

    Although it will take real world demonstration and word of mouth experience to convince the cockies to give up on their 78’s. But once they are convinced, it won’t take long before they are all putting up solar panels in big numbers to recharge their new you bute electric utes!

  15. VOLTRA 2 years ago

    Many thanks to the RenewEconomy team for featuring our eCruiser!
    We are thrilled to be partnering with BHP to eliminate harmful emissions and reduce maintenance costs at Olympic Dam. Our conversion kit for the 79 Series LandCruiser is available for trial at other underground mine sites, or even wider applications.
    You can find out more about the Voltra project at http://www.voltra.net.au

  16. DogzOwn 2 years ago

    Surely this needs acceleration ,from some bipartisan cooperation, for instance how about cance diesel excise exemption?

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