Battery Electric Vehicle Project (BEV)

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) for Underground Hard Rock Mining

Elphinstone Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the commencement of a project to develop a suite of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) for underground hard rock mining to address the increasing decarbonisation efforts and expectations of our global customer base. The project will require a significant research and development investment by the company in addition to the recently awarded Australian Federal Government Grant. Leveraging its existing portfolio of underground support vehicles, Elphinstone will develop the Battery Electric Vehicles in collaboration with our customers and supply chain partners and produce these in existing product development and manufacturing facilities in Burnie, Tasmania.

Encouraging Critical Skills Development

The Battery Electric Underground Support Vehicle (BEV) project will build Australian sovereign capability and international export potential, encourage critical skills development required for the future growth of domestic manufacturing, and will ensure Australia remains a global market leader in Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS). The project scope will encompass an end-to-end research, design, development, testing, validation, manufacturing and market commercialisation of an industry leading battery electric powertrain integrated into two differing base platforms from the existing range of Elphinstone support vehicles.

Present and Future Employment Opportunities

Technology projects of this calibre provide growth in highly valued skill sets across the country and will continue to provide jobs in the future. Elphinstone expects the project will create 15 highly-skilled positions to complete the development of both machine prototypes. The positions will include: a highly experienced Project Manager with a mechanical or mechatronics engineering background, a lead design engineer and associate electrical designer and mechanical designer, a software development technician, a dedicated mechatronics engineer, a dedicated literature technician, and two product development technicians to oversee a crew of highly skilled auto-electricians and heavy machinery fitters.

Growth Opportunities

Elphinstone envisage that the Battery Electric Vehicle project will also create further opportunities and growth in the state and local communities, something Elphinstone has proudly supported for many years.
Elphinstone is currently engaging with strategic partners who have indicated their interest in working closely with Elphinstone on this development project. The vision is to provide a Battery Electric Vehicle solution at the forefront of technology whilst maintaining a reputation for high quality, premium and reliable products which are well-positioned and recognised globally in the underground hard rock mining industry.

For more information or expressions of interest please direct your enquiries to

Ezi Boot Solutions

Elphinstone Ezi Boots

Elphinstone EZI Boots provide a professional looking and finishing touch for your Deutsch (Deutsch is now TE Connectivity) connectors. Elphinstone EZI Boots are manufactured from a high quality plastisol formulation.

They are intended to protect the cable harness at the connector termination point from elements such as dust, mud, dirt and paint. EZI Boots also provide support for the wiring as well as additional support for pressure washing and steam cleaning.

Elphinstone produce a wide range of Boots to suit Deutsch Series Connectors. Download the product information brochure for more details.

Electrical Harness Solutions

Elphinstone Electrical Harnesses

Elphinstone Electrical Harnesses

Elphinstone Pty Ltd is a producer of cable assemblies and components for Underground and Surface Mobile Equipment used in the Mining and Explosive industries.

Wire processing and identification are achieved via a Komax Z633 Wire processing unit. This is capable of processing 36 different wires simultaneously with wire sizes ranging from 0.22mm² up to 6mm². Wire identification in contrasting colours via inkjet printing. The wire is currently sourced to meet MIL-W-81044 and MIL-C-27500.

Current cable assemblies are sleeved in Conduit, Spiral Wrap, Cloth tape, or Varflo sleeve which conforms to MIL-I-23053, or over braided via our Herzog harness braiding machines. Elphinstone has 2 braiding units - the KB 1/48 100 which covers a range of 8-20mm the KB 1/24-100 which covers a range of 25-40mm.

Elphinstone currently produces over 1500 variants and over 15,000 pieces per year for all existing customers with an on-time delivery performance of greater than 98%.

Quality testing

Elphinstone Electrical Harnesses operates the latest in modern technology at each stage of the manufacturing process. Our range of finishing equipment allows us to fully customise your products.

100% of all harness assemblies are tested for correct circuit continuity prior to delivery to the end-user along with visual inspections to ensure compliance with supplied prints. We have 2 x Cablescan 90 S32 PC based Testers capable of 0.1 ohms to 50 Kohms at 500 points per second.

Finishing options include:

  • Nylon braiding.
  • Split and unsplit corrugated tube.
  • PVC tube and Varflo fibreglass sleeve.
  • Heat shrink.
  • Spiral wrap.
  • Cloth tape.
  • Inkjet printing and hot foil stamp wire printing.

Additional solutions and services Include:

  • CAD 2D and 3D drawing and design.
  • Full assembly of dashboards, complex control assemblies, and other custom wiring harness solutions.
  • Specialist testing for unique wiring applications.
  • Full electronic point to point testing using Cablescan 90-S32 PC based tester, with diode, resistor, and capacitance capability.
  • After-market component sales, with more than 14,000 in stock.
  • 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, and 6 AWG wire – cross-linked polyethylene insulation in GXL and SXL.
  • Wire printing using Komax Zeta 663 laser inkjet cut print, strip, pin and bundle machine
  • Deutsch, Amphenol, Milspec, and sure seal connectors.
  • Harnesses can be sheathed in a range of options from Varflo (braided fibreglass coated with polyvinyl chloride resin), to cloth tape, spiral wrap, shrink wrap, and Nylon braided yarn.
  • Herzog harness braiders with the capacity to over braid single wires up to wire bundles of 45mm.

Part Sales

Genuine Elphinstone Parts and Sales

Elphinstone is a total parts & service solution provider for your Elphinstone machine. We provide Genuine Elphinstone Parts distribution via the Worldwide Caterpillar Dealer Network and the knowledge and support of our expert Product Support Managers and Representatives.

Please call between the hours of 8:00am - 4:30pm (AEST). If you contact us outside of these hours we will return your call or email as soon as possible the following day.

Machine Sales

Tim Mitchell, Elphinstone Pty Ltd

Tim Mitchell

Global Sales and Marketing Manager

Nick Furmage, Elphinstone Pty Ltd

Nick Furmage

Regional Sales and Support Manager
North America, Australia - QLD, NSW & NT

Graham Robson, Elphinstone Pty Ltd

Graham Robson

Regional Sales and Support Manager
Europe, Asia & Africa

Tim Waller, Elphinstone Pty Ltd

Tim Waller

Regional Sales and Support Manager
New Zealand, Indonesia, Australia - WA & SA

Larry Widdifield, Elphinstone Pty Ltd

Larry Widdifield

Regional Sales and Support Representative

John Pouwels, Elphinstone Pty Ltd

John Pouwels

Regional Sales and Support Representative
South America

Kyle Allen, Elphinstone Pty Ltd

Kyle Allen

Sales and Support Representative
Southern Africa, Australia - VIC & TAS