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The eLV was unveiled at Austmine 2021 in Perth

Western Australian mining services provider Murray Engineering has unveiled its new light electric vehicle (eLV) at the Austmine 2021 Conference, in partnership with Siemens.

After announcing the partnership last November, Murray and Siemens, a German multinational technology company, developed the eLV to not only reduce carbon emissions in mining, but to protect the health of workers who would otherwise be exposed to diesel fumes.

In November, Siemens chief executive officer Jeff Connolly said the trial would be a first for the Australian mining industry.

“This partnership will continue our trajectory of bringing the best in the world to the region and helping provide safer, quicker, more cost effective and sustainable solutions,” Connolly said.

“The partnership with Murray Engineering helps address a future need by trialling something that has never been done in one of Australia’s most critical industries.”

Siemens also provided its Sicharge UC high-power DC chargers which provide a flexible output range from 125-600 kilowatt, with five frontends on each station as well as pantograph charging.

The charging station was on display at Austmine, where Murray Engineering innovation and technology manager Max Ong displayed it to more than 1000 conference visitors.

In November, Ong said the technology would fill a great hole in the mining industry.

“Existing battery and charging solutions have fallen short of miners’ expectations where it matters most,” Ong said.

“Many existing electric vehicles designed for mining are matched to their own specific charging station, making the solution inefficient and expensive in the long run.”