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Employer electrifies 5000 mine vehicles

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A major mineral producer will replace fossil fuels with cleaner alternatives.

BHP revealed it would convert thousands of diesel-powered locomotives across its entire Australian operations.

“At the heart of our efforts to decarbonise our operations is an ambition to electrify our fleet of 5000 light vehicles,” national president Geraldine Slattery said in a public statement.

The employer recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Toyota Australia to develop “shared solutions” for a “safer and more sustainable” future.

The deal involves each company sharing safety knowledge and resources to create a decarbonisation journey map, and exploring different alternative technologies, to reduce 30 per cent of the proponent’s greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030.

QMEB understands Toyota’s standard 64 kilowatt per hour (kWh) battery pack delivers a maximum range of 240km. The extended 96 kWh option offers up to 360km.

“A primary objective of the collaboration is to work together … focused on safety in light vehicles design and future state technologies and challenges,” the company said.

“This collaboration … is designed to enhance safety measures at BHP’s Australian worksites and reduce vehicle operation and other carbon dioxide emissions on BHP sites,” Toyota president and CEO Matthew Callachor added.

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