SEA Electric & Mevco to convert 8,500 Toyota off-road vehicles for mining industry

Australian company SEA Electric has partnered with MEVCO, a systems integrator specialising in light-duty electric utility vehicles for the mining industry, have partnered to convert Toyota off-road vehicles to electric drives for mining operations.

The partnership will see specialist all-electric Hilux and Landcruiser models made available for the mining industry, with MEVCO making a commitment to order 8,500 units over the next five years.

At the heart of the arrangement is SEA Electric’s proprietary SEA-Drive power-system, which provides leading all-electric range, driving performance, and environmental credentials, with zero local emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, or nitrous oxide.

Thanks to its medium‐voltage architecture and no requirement for active thermal management, SEA Electric’s solution is light, cost‐effective, and efficient, with the system tested in the field across eight countries with over 2.5 million kilometres of real-world use registered to date.

Available in various mining-specific designs for 4×4 and 4×2 configurations, the vehicles can be specified with two SEA-Drive options, namely an 88kWh battery which provides 380km of range, or a 60kWh battery delivering up to 260km of use.

Fast DC to DC charging is available for the system, which provides up to 80 per cent battery power in less than one hour, with a five-year factory warranty on the batteries supplied.

For users, the switch to EV provides a comfortable work environment, with health and safety considerations including no noise, fumes, heat, or vibrations.

The deal has a total value of close to AU$1 billion (€639,3 billion).

Blagojce Krivevski

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