The biggest yet?

But when it comes to the largest vehicles in the world, such as the huge dump trucks used in mining and quarrying, electrification is also coming soon thanks to a collaboration between a company best known for Formula One racing cars and a French energy firm.

image of the world's largest electric vehicle

Together, Williams Advanced Engineering and ENGIE have developed what’s claimed to be the world’s largest electric vehicle. Weighing in at 263 tonnes, the modified Komatsu dump truck uses hydrogen fuel cell technology to generate the power for its electric motors.

The electricity is stored in high powered lithium-ion batteries. Testing of the new truck is due to start at Anglo American’s Mogalakwena platinum mine in South Africa later this year. The Williams team are already working on a plug-in battery mining truck for use in Australia.