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Mineral Resources (MinRes) will be the first WA miner to purchase of a fleet of MEVCO electric vehicles for use in its mining operations.

The fleet of light vehicles is made up of Toyota Hilux utes, converted from diesel engines to all-electric by MEVCO and its partner SEA Electric.

The switch to electric represents MinRes’ push to decarbonise its mining operations to net-zero emissions by 2050.

A demonstration model arrived in Perth this week and MinRes is expected to take delivery of the first batch of electric utes in April.

“MinRes has a plan to transition to a low-carbon future and cutting our reliance on diesel is central to achieving this goal,” MinRes chief executive officer (CEO) mining services Mike Grey said.

“Our MEVCO electric utes are just one of the many ways we’re driving towards net-zero and an exciting step in our decarbonisation journey.

“Battery technologies are key to a clean energy future and MinRes is playing a significant role in achieving this global goal.”

SEA Electric recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MEVCO, which saw electric Hilux and Landcruiser models made commercially available to the mining industry.

MEVCO, a systems integrator focused exclusively on electric light commercial vehicles in the mining industry, made a commitment to order 8500 units over the next five years in a deal roughly valued at $1 billion.

“This is a pivotal partnership for the mining industry,” MEVCO CEO Matt Cahir said at the time.

According to SEA Electric, the vehicles provide all-electric range, driving performance, and environmental credentials, with zero local emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, or nitrous oxide.

“Across all industries, companies now understand they have a role to play in ensuring they are a part of the solution to the environmental problems we face,” SEA Electric founder and CEO Tony Fairweather said.