Williams Advanced Engineering partners with Fortescue to develop battery-electric mining haul truck

Williams Advanced Engineering is partnering with Fortescue Metals Group to design, build, test and integrate a battery system to power an electric mining haul truck. The project will involve the design and construction of a bespoke battery electric powertrain with the ability to regenerate power as the truck travels downhill. The battery will be built at WAE’s facility in Grove, Oxfordshire, UK before being shipped to Perth, Australia for integration into a 240-tonne prototype haul truck for performance testing at Fortescue’s mining operations in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

To support the full implementation of a battery-electric haulage fleet, the project will also involve the development of a fast-charging unit which will harness renewable energy from Fortescue’s Pilbara Energy Connect network.

For the project, WAE will be drawing on its high performance battery expertise, which lies at the core of the business, covering the Automotive, Motorsport, Marine, and Aerospace sectors.

The company was the original supplier of batteries to the entire grid of FIA Formula E World Championship cars in 2014, a relationship that has been revived for 2022-23 season.