- MEVCO will order 8,500 Toyota HiLux and LandCruiser EV mining fleets
- 700Nm of torque, driving range up to 380km
- Joins a growing list of EV conversions for mines.
Melbourne-based electric truck conversion company SEA Electric has signed a memorandum of understanding with MEVCO to supply all-electric Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser for use in the Australian mining sector.
MEVCO, which specializes in electrifying mining fleets, has committed to placing the order. 8500 units Over the next five years as part of a nearly $1 billion partnership.
With demonstrators in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, more than half of the 2023 allocations have already been sold.
Toyota BHP Electric Land Cruiser
SEA-Electric HiLux and LandCruiser specs
Converted diesel to battery electric utes are available in various ‘mining specific designs’ 4×4 and 4×2 drivetrains, and opt for the SEA-Drive 60 or 70 system for both models.
|SEA-DRIVE 60||SEA-DRIVE 70|
|Battery capacity||60kWh||70 kWh|
|Range||260 km||380 km|
|AC charging||22 kW||22 kW|
|Continuous power||75 kW||75 kW|
|Maximum power||134 kW||134 kW|
|Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)||Up to 4.5 tons||Up to 4.5 tons|
|Operating temperature||-20°C to 50°C||-20°C to 50°C|
All batteries use a common nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) chemistry, with a claimed life cycle of For 10 yearsand is backed by a five-year warranty.
Both electric drive units feature vehicle-to-grid (V2G) two-way charging capabilities as standard, while DC fast charging capability is optional, charging both batteries to 80 percent (unknown) in less than an hour. from the starting point) can be filled.
Toyota BHP Electric Land Cruiser
HiLux and LandCruiser EVs have a system warranty. Three years/150,000 km (Whichever comes first).
“[This partnership] enables the commercialization of world-leading EV technology for heavy and light commercial trucks at a scale that meets the customized needs of the mining sector,” said MEVCO CEO Matt Kahr.
“SEA Electric’s unique architecture is perfectly suited to the task, with the system’s high torque characteristics ideally suited to the purpose.”
Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Cab Chassis
EVs for mines
By going electric, fleets benefit from a more comfortable and healthy working environment with no noise, smoke, heat or vibration, and lower maintenance and operating costs.
The modified Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series EV is a growing hit with more landings in Australian mines.
New Zealand company Volterra first developed the eCruiser, a retrofitted electric Land Cruiser 70 that was tested in an Australian underground mine, while German player Huber Miller developed its own technology for mining company suppliers in Australia. LandCruiser is selling retrofit kits.
The all-electric Volterra E Cruiser
VivoPower also signed a letter of intent with Toyota Australia to develop electric conversion kits for the Land Cruiser in 2021, and mining giant BHP is working on a single-cab electric Land Cruiser at a nickel mine in Western Australia. christened the Workhorse EV) tested.
In addition to Mines, Brisbane-based start-up ROEV is offering EV conversions for other fleets looking to give 2016 or older Toyota HiLux and Ford Rangers a new lease on life, with the vehicle costing Above is $47,990.