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Holcim to trial electric Foton concrete truck in Port Hedland

A Foton EV concrete truck will undergo a six-month trial by Holcim Australia at a remote mine site near Port Hedland, WA, to see how it stacks up.

Being exposed to extreme operating conditions, Foton Mobility Distribution (FMD) and Holcim will test the viability, reliability and performance of the Foton e-AUMAN C EV truck under the unique operating requirements of ready-mix concrete distribution.

If successful and approved under Australian Design Rules (ADR) for public road use, the trial paves the way for Holcim to deliver its ECOPact low-carbon concrete products more sustainably.

“By replacing one diesel concrete truck with an EV we will eliminate approximately 42 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each and every year. This equates to a fuel cost saving in excess of $33,000 per annum, before further savings are extracted via lower service and maintenance costs,” said Cyril Giraud, head of sustainability at Holcim Australia and New Zealand.

“The initiative is aligned to Holcim’s global Accelerating Green Growth strategy. It serves as a local example of Holcim’s commitment to investing in zero emissions vehicles, thereby helping to reduce environmental impacts while delivering innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers.”

For FMD, the trial will provide valuable insights into the performance of its larger zero emissions trucks, having already proven itself in the EV light duty truck sector.

Neil Wang, FMD’s CEO said, “Working with the Holcim team has been extremely enjoyable and very educational, helping us to better understand our customers’ requirements. We are looking forward to a successful trial in the harshest operating conditions in Australia, and to the valuable operational data that will enable further improvements to be made to our products.

“The introduction of the Foton EV Concrete truck to the Australian market via this trial is the forerunner of a number of new and exciting Foton New Energy vehicles which will be introduced in 2024 in support of the transition to Net Zero. We look forward to assisting Holcim in its Accelerating Green Growth Strategy.”

Over the past year, Holcim Australia has been working towards decarbonising its fleet operations by conducting trials on battery-powered heavy vehicles.

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