Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) and Liebherr showcased their partnership to develop battery and fuel cell systems for Liebherr’s T 264 mining trucks at bauma 2022 at the Neue Messe München exhibition center in Munich, Germany in October.
Earlier in 2022, Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) acquired WAE, which was then integrated into FMG’s green energy enterprise, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI). Subsequently, FMG partnered with Liebherr to develop and supply mining trucks running on renewable energy.
Afterwards, Liebherr partnered with WAE and FFI on the battery and fuel cell system. Liebherr said the partnerships help Liebherr to rapidly expand development capabilities and to accelerate bringing products to market. “Also, bringing the electrical energy specialists together with the truck specialists enables us to produce a high-quality and high-performance product for the mining industry,” said Bryant Ward, managing director for Liebherr’s Newport News haul truck facility.
Previously, Liebherr has released and deployed trolley trucks and electric mining excavators. The partnership with WAE and FFI will help the OEM to achieve goals within its Zero Emission Mining Program, which targets fossil-fuel-free mining and haulage by 2030.
The deadline syncs Liebherr with the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda. Liebherr joined the Global Compact in 2021 and FMG joined in 2013. Under the compact, signatories collaborate on emissions reducing projects mandated by the 2030 Agenda.