A match made in heaven for VivoPower, a subsidiary of Tembo e-LV B.V, and GHH Group GmbH to distribute light vehicle conversion kits to over 50 mines across Africa, Asia, Europe and America.
Kevin Chin, Executive Chairman and CEO of VivoPower, said: “We are delighted to have executed this multi-country agreement with GHH, who are a trusted provider of customised technology solutions to the global mining industry.”
Under the agreement, GHH intends to purchase Tembo electric light vehicles (e-LV) conversion kits for the next 5 years. GHH will be responsible for acquiring original vehicles from Toyota, converting the vehicles to ruggedised e-LVs, using the Tembo solutions conversion kits, selling the units to end-customers, and providing ongoing servicing and maintenance.
This distribution agreement marks VivoPower’s fifth major distribution deal in 2021 for Tembo e-LV conversion kits and its the largest to date by e-LV kit volumes. With the execution of this contract, VivoPower can now offer Tembo electric light vehicles to customers on six continents as it continues to advance its aim to build a global Tembo distribution network before the end of this year.
Objectives of the partnership
“This is in keeping with our stated objective of cementing distribution agreements globally with highly-credentialed partners such as GHH. With distribution partners on six continents now, Tembo e-LVs will be available globally for mining customers aiming to electrify their light vehicle operations as part of their paths to net zero mining,” said Chin.
The company previously executed distribution agreements with GB Auto Group in Australia, Acces Industriel Mining Inc. in Canada, and Bodiz International in Mongolia, in addition to announcing a non-binding Heads of Terms with Arctic Trucks Limited for distribution of Tembo e-LVs in Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland.
Based in Germany, GHH has over 50 years of experience in the production of robust and safe vehicles for mining and tunnelling in hard and soft rock. Drawing on exclusive technology partnerships with several major industry leaders throughout the world.
Distributing e-LV conversion kits
Sara Thorley, Global Marketing & Production Manager for GHH, said: “Being a global provider of heavy-duty mining machinery, we were constantly being asked about the possibility of supplying our customers with electric light vehicles. Due to the demand, we started looking at potential partners in this sector and after a substantial amount of research, we decided upon the Tembo electrification kit.”
That expertise makes GHH a natural partner to distribute Tembo e-LVs for miners seeking bespoke, comprehensive sustainable energy solutions. GHH offers the latest in cutting-edge innovation and product development to the underground mining market. Through collaboration with both clients and international partners, GHH will provide comprehensive and tailor-made engineering solutions while expanding their suite of mechanised mining equipment.
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“First and foremost, the Tembo solution electrified the Toyota Land Cruiser and Hilux, which are the number-one light vehicles used in the mining sector globally; but secondly, the technology used created a vehicle that was smooth, efficient, safe, and very cost-effective. We are very excited about what the future holds for us and Tembo,” said Thorley.
The Tembo kits transform diesel-powered Toyota Land Cruiser and Hilux vehicles into ruggedised e-LVs for use in mining and other hard-to-decarbonise sectors, including construction and defence. Alongside solar generation, battery storage, and on-site power distribution, Tembo e-LV products are a key component of VivoPower’s turnkey sustainable energy solutions which help corporations achieve their decarbonisation goals.