Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), the technology and engineering services division of the iconic Formula 1 team founded in 2010, has partnered with the mining company Anglo American, also based in the United Kingdom, to develop a project of extraordinary dimensions, literally: create the largest hydrogen mining truck in the world.
Fruit of the FutureSmart Mining program, through which Anglo American has committed to various measures to reduce its global greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030, both companies have proposed to strip this grotesque beast of 29 tons and six wheels of its diesel heart (of which the specifications are not known) to implant an electrical system equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell.
Specifically, the eDumper will combine to boost said hydrogen fuel cell module with a modular lithium-ion battery system developed by WAE, which encrypts its capacity in stratospheric more than 1,000 kWh. That is, it far exceeds 600 kWh of the nickel-manganese battery with 1,440 cells mounted by the Lynx, so far the largest electric vehicle in the world.
A mining truck that drinks from Formula E
In addition, as promised by the entities in their release, by offering a maximum power capacity when less significant, you will enjoy a “robustness” similar to industrial diesel engines that are operating in hostile lands. Similarly, regenerative braking has been taken care of in order to take advantage of the descending sections in the mine to recover energy.
WAE has extrapolated to the project its experience as battery supplier for in Formula E of the FIA, the only one during the first four seasons and for now of the new future racing program Extreme E, a Dakar with electric SUVs which will fight against climate change since 2021.
The power units will be designed at Williams' headquarters in Grove (Oxfordshire, UK), and are expected to undergo a testing phase sometime this year in the South African mine that Anglo American operates.
For the moment, no more details about this spectacular vehicle have been revealed, such as the total power that will be developed by your propulsion train, so you will have to follow your progress closely this year during the demanding tests that will surely are waiting.
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