Electric ute conversion targets resources sector in $1b deal to displace diesel

Mon, 20 Feb 2023 04:27:16 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

'A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed to supply electric utility
vehicles to the Australian mining sector, which experts say could encourage
broader uptake of electric utes across the country.

The billion-dollar agreement between SEA Electric and Mining Electric Vehicle
Company (MEVCO) will see SEA Electric source a range of Toyota's HiLux and
LandCruiser utes, and convert them to electric using the company's registered
SEA-Drive power system.

MEVCO has committed to ordering 8,500 vehicles over five years, which it would
supply to Australian resources companies.

President of Asia Pacific for SEA Electric, Bill Gillespie, said demand for
electric utes in Australia's infrastructure and mining sectors was "huge" and
had recently "ramped up".

"In the past 12 months it's gone from almost nothing to companies saying,
'Look, if you can make an electric HiLux or an electric ute of any type, we
will order at scale because we need to do it straight away'," he said.

SEA Electric will convert the vehicles at its facility in Dandenong, Victoria,
and is looking to expand manufacturing into New South Wales and other
mining-focused states.'

Every effort helps.

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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