BHP trials fully electric Toyota LandCruiser ute

Toyota Australia has developed a fully electric LandCruiser 70 Series single-cab ute which is on trial at a BHP mine site in Western Australia.

The conversion was done by Toyota Australia’s product planning and development division in Port Melbourne.

The vehicle, which is being trialled in an underground mining capacity at BHP’s Nickel West mine in WA, operates on battery power alone and therefore, unlike a hybrid, does not require any fossil fuel to run.

Toyota Australia President and CEO, Matthew Callachor, said the trial was another step by the company towards a zero emissions future.

“BHP and Toyota have built a strong relationship over the last 20 years and this project is a great testament to how we can work together as leading companies in our respective fields to change the future,” he said.

Edgar Basto, BHP – President Minerals Australia, said the partnership was another important step in the mining giant’s ongoing studies into how it can reduce the emissions intensity of its light vehicle fleet.

“Reducing our reliance on diesel at our operations will help achieve our medium-term target of reducing operational emissions by 30 per cent by 2030,” he said.