Most of us will never set foot on a minesite or a commercial port, but these are the beating hearts of economies the world over. But are they a good fit for electric vehicles? With dump trucks, tug boats, and now excavators making the switch, it sure looks like it.
Earlier this month we raised the question of utes in a post-combustion Australia. Since then our PM has said EVs will “end the weekend” but many Aussies are still eager to see EVs translate to an outdoor lifestyle. Fledgling US automaker Rivian thinks they have what it takes and have slated their R1T dual-cab and R1S SUV for an Aussie release. Is this the beginning of the end for the combustion ute?
The Aussie ute is an undisputed cultural icon. So long as there are heavy loads and long regional roads to carry them on, we’ll be driving utes & 4WDs. But if EVs rule the road, can our favourite workhorses make the switch? JET Charge takes a look at some exciting new developments to see if we can answer that question.