For the first time in the industry, Rio Tinto and BHP will collaborate to trial large battery-electric truck technology in the Pilbara, Western Australia, in order to accelerate its future deployment.

Both companies will work with manufacturers Caterpillar and Komatsu to conduct trials of their battery-electric transport trucks.

This collaboration reflects the individual commitments made by BHP, Rio Tinto, Komatsu and Caterpillar to support Rio Tinto and BHP's joint ambition of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

As part of the collaboration, two Cat 793 haul trucks will be tested from the second half of 2024, and two Komatsu 930 haul trucks will be tested from 2026 at mine sites in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Simon Trott, Managing Director of Rio Tinto Iron Ore, said: 'There is no clear path to carbon neutrality without zero-emission transport, so it's important that we work together to get there as quickly and efficiently as possible. Testing two types of battery-electric transport trucks in Pilbara conditions will provide better data, and by combining our efforts with BHP, we will accelerate the learning curve."

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