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Case study: Battery electric vehicles
Thiess is investigating the use of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in all applications on our sites.
In 2022, Thiess investigated the use of battery electric buses for use between our camps and sites to support shift changeovers. These types of commutes, with multiple runs with time in between not running, are a suitable application for BEVs. Working with an electric vehicle lease company, Thiess is investigating various specifications to suit different applications. Upon successful completion of a pilot planned for 2023, Thiess will begin a program to replace all accommodation-site transport with a BEV option.
Electric options are also emerging in the commercial light vehicle market and Thiess is currently undertaking assessments to select suitable vehicles to replace with BEVs. Initial assessment shows tool-of trade vehicles used in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales in Australia, maybe most suitable due to shorter travel distances. They will use feedback from pilot participants to assess applicability for other sites and applications.