World’s Largest Fuel Cell Vehicle to Debut in South Africa

The world’s largest hydrogen powered mine truck. (Photo: Anglo American)

High-power modular lithium-ion battery will replace this mine truck’s diesel engine.

Global mining company, Anglo American, has engaged Williams Advanced Engineering to develop its new Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle: an electrically powered mining haul truck, which is set to be the world’s largest hydrogen powered mine truck.

Putting electrified vehicles into mines – from large haul trucks to passenger vehicles and employee buses – will help Anglo American reach their decarbonization targets.

This massive truck will be powered by a hydrogen Fuel Cell Module paired with a high-power modular lithium-ion battery system. This powerplant, which replaces the existing vehicle’s diesel engine, is controlled by a high voltage power distribution unit delivering in excess of 1,000 kWh of energy storage. Through regenerative braking, the battery will recover energy as the truck travels downhill. 

For the project, Williams Advanced Engineering has drawn on their experience as the sole battery supplier to the FIA Formula E global motorsport series for the first four seasons.

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