After several years it took to design and manufacture, the first large vehicle that does not emit outdoor gases was introduced at a platinum mine in South Africa.

According to foreign media, the Telegraph reports, the truck that has a "hybrid core" installed and is filled with hydrogen, was produced and designed by the Seattle-based company First Mode.

At the launch of @ AngloAmerican's #nuGen # hydrogen– # battery 290 t mining truck at #Mogalakwena #platinum mine today, @CyrilRamaphosa, South Africa's President said: "It is a smart step for #AngloAmerican but a giant leap for # SouthAfrica's # hydrogeneconomy https://t.co/rqipVuAdCU pic.twitter.com/l6wfbF6XbV

- International Mining (@im_mining) May 6, 2022

The 200-foot-tall 200-tonne NuGen hybrid mining truck was also welcomed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The road to a sustainable future for our mined resources began today.

One truck, 700 cars worth of diesel gone.

Today, the @FirstModeHQ team celebrates - tomorrow we get to work on building the next. # BuiltTheBarelyPossible pic.twitter.com/KG0i1khE7Y

- Rhae Adams (@rhaebies) May 6, 2022

He was present at the acceptance ceremony at the Mogalakwena open-air platinum mine, which is owned by Anglo American.

"It's a big, smart step for Anglo American, but for South Africa's hydrogen-based economy, it's a giant step as we move into the future.

"The hydrogen-based economy is echoing our country and putting our name at the top of the industry," Ramaphosa was quoted as saying.

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