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The largest electric vehicle in the world weighs more than 290 tons and will work in a South African mine

The world’s largest electric vehicle is a 290-tonne dumper with a hybrid hydrogen fuel cell engine that is ready to be rolled out in a South African platinum mine

  • Anglo American mining company will use the world’s largest electric vehicle
  • The 290-tonne dumper will work in a platinum mine in South Africa
  • The truck uses both a lithium-ion battery and hydrogen fuel cells

An international mining company has announced that the world’s largest electric vehicle will debut in one of its platinum mines in South Africa.

Called the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, it weighs around 290 tons and is more than six times heavier than the second largest electric vehicle in the world, a 45-tonne eDumper that traps lime and marl around an unrelated mining facility. Switzerland moved.

The fuel cell electric vehicle is designed with a hybrid engine design that uses both a lithium-ion battery and hydrogen fuel cells, replacing the conventional diesel engine vehicles commonly used in mines.

The Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (pictured above) is the world's largest electric vehicle, which will be used regularly later this year in the Mogalakwena platinum mine in South Africa.

The Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (pictured above) is the world’s largest electric vehicle, which will be used regularly later this year in the Mogalakwena platinum mine in South Africa.

The truck will have combined energy storage sites of 1,000 kilowatt hours and the only waste by-product created by the engine is water, which is only produced when it runs on hydrogen fuel.

The truck will also have the capacity to recover small amounts of kinetic energy from its braking system to charge its lithium ion battery, according to a report in popular mechanics.

The truck will be commissioned later this year in the Mogalakwena mine, one of the largest platinum reserves in South Africa, where more than 310,000 grams of platinum are extracted every year.

The mine is run by Anglo American, an international mining conglomerate that produces 40 percent of the world’s platinum, as well as diamonds, copper, nickel, iron ore and coal mines.

Anglo American has publicly promised to reduce its global greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and believes that an increase in the use of electric vehicles can help the company achieve that goal.

HOW DO HYDROGEN CELLS WORK?

Hydrogen fuel cells create electricity to power a battery and engine by mixing hydrogen and oxygen in specially treated plates, which are combined to form the fuel cell stack.

Fuel cell stacks and batteries have enabled engineers to significantly reduce these components to fit neatly into a family car, although they are also often used to fuel buses and other larger vehicles.

Oxygen is collected from the air through inlets, usually in the grate, and hydrogen is stored in aluminum-coated fuel tanks, which automatically seal in the event of an accident to prevent leaks.

These ingredients are melted, releasing usable electricity and water as by-products and making the technology one of the quietest and most environmentally friendly available.

Reducing the amount of platinum used in the stack has made fuel cells less expensive, but the use of the rare metal has limited the spread of their use.

Recent research has suggested that hydrogen fuel cell cars could one day challenge electric cars in the pollution-free road race, but only if more stations are built to feed them.

Cars with fuel cells can be refueled just as quickly as cars with gasoline and can also travel further between fillings.

Gas stations cost up to $ 2 million to build, so companies are reluctant to build them unless there are more fuel cell cars on the road.

The US Department of Energy displays only 34 public hydrogen filling stations in the country; all but three are in California.

According to Information Trends, there were 6,475 FCVs worldwide at the end of 2017.

More than half were registered in California, making the US (53 percent) at the forefront of FCV approval.

Japan is in second place with 38 percent, while Europe is in nine percent.

For the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, the company worked with Williams Advanced Engineering, a London-based company working on a variety of energy efficiency and automotive projects.

Williams also designs batteries for electric racing cars that compete in the FIA ​​Extreme E racing circuit and used that technology as a starting point for the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle.

“We are excited to be involved in this innovative and exciting project that demonstrates the scalability of automotive and motorsport battery technology to heavy duty industrial applications,” said Williams Williams Wilson in a prepared statement.

“Working in a harsh environment is something that we are familiar with as the sole battery supplier for the Extreme E program and we continue to work towards supporting long-term sustainable projects.”

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