Fortescue reported it trialed a hydrogen-powered Liebherr T 264 at a site in Perth, Western Australia. Co-developed with the supplier, the truck has a 1.6-megawatthour battery, co-developed by Fortescue and subsidiary Williams Advanced Engineering, and 500 kilowatts of fuel cells. The prototype can store more than 380 kilograms of liquid hydrogen, Fortescue said.

The truck will next undergo further site-based testing and commissioning, said Fortescue. “The subsequent test results will inform our future fleet of zero-emissions trucks that we’re delivering with Liebherr,” said Dino Otranto, metals CEO.

In June 2022, Fortescue and Liebherr partnered to develop and supply zero-emissions mining haul trucks. The first T 264 diesel-electric trucks were delivered by Liebherr in 2023. They reportedly will be converted to zero-emission technology before the end of the decade.