BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale have come together to solve one of the biggest challenges in mining today to decarbonise mining operations.

Winning Technology Innovators Announced

In our global quest to significantly decarbonize mining operations, eight technology innovators’ submissions have been selected to progress beyond the Charge On Innovation Challenge, which seeks to accelerate commercialisation of effective solutions for charging large electric haul trucks while simultaneously demonstrating there is an emerging market for these solutions in mining.

The eight innovators selected are ABB, Ampcontrol and Tritium (Australia), BluVein XL, DB Engineering & Consulting with Echion Technologies, Hitachi Energy, Shell Consortium, Siemens Off-board power supply, and 3ME Technology.


The Charge On Innovation Challenge has concluded and the Project Leads from the Founding Patrons wrap-up the Challenge.


We cannot solve the decarbonisation challenge alone and are looking beyond the mining sector for a solution.

BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale, are the founding patrons of an exciting new collaboration, the Charge On Innovation Challenge.

Facilitated by Austmine, this is a global initiative for technology innovators to develop concepts for large-scale haul truck electrification systems to help the mining sector to reduce its consumption of diesel fuel and significantly cut emissions from surface mine operations.

The industry requires a safe solution that can be applied across the many and varied mines, mine infrastructure and truck manufacturers.

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Founding Patrons and Facilitators

BHP is one of the world’s leading resources company.  For more than 130 years, it has been supplying the resources that underpin economic growth and improve standards of living globally. We understand the impacts that we have on climate change and are committed to creating a brighter future for the decades to come.


Vale is a global mining company that seeks to serve society by generating prosperity and protecting our planet. We help to protect over 1 million hectares of forest and mitigate climate change. Aligning our goals with the Paris Agreement, we will reduce our emissions by 33% until 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2050 (scope 1 and 2).


As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress. Iron ore for steel. Aluminium for cars and smartphones. Copper for electric cars. Borates that help crops grow, titanium for paint – and diamonds that celebrate the best things in life.


Austmine is the leading not-for-profit industry association for the Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector. Austmine drives the success of its members by providing opportunities to build relationships, understand industry needs, boost their industry profile and access domestic and international supply chains.


GHD is a global professional services company that leads through engineering, construction and architectural expertise. Our forward-looking and innovative approaches connect and sustain communities around the world. Delivering extraordinary social and economic outcomes, we are focused on building lasting relationships with our partners and clients.



BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale have come together to solve one of the biggest challenges in mining today to decarbonise mining operations.