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'Largest battery of its kind' - Fortescue adds electric mining haul truck to fleet

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Fortescue announced yesterday that it took delivery of a large battery that will be installed in a prototype zero-emission battery electric mining haul truck that Fortescue it is developing with Liebherr.

Fortescue is an iron ore producer with an annual shipping rate of over 180 million tonnes.

"The state-of-the-art 1.4MWh prototype power system sets the pace for ground-breaking innovation in heavy industry and is a bespoke design intended for integration into a 240-tonne mining haul truck," wrote the company in a news release.

"The battery will be integral to Fortescue’s US$6.2 billion decarbonisation strategy to help eliminate fossil fuels from its terrestrial iron ore operations, which includes replacing its existing diesel-fuelled fleet with battery electric and green hydrogen-powered haul trucks."

After the battery is installed, the truck will be transported to the Pilbara for testing.

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