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Ampcontrol Wins Electrical Safety Association Innovation Award 2024

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Ampcontrol was awarded the Innovation Award 2024 for Ampcontrol Electric Vehicle DRIFTEX at the Mine Electrical Safety Conference (MESC) Awards on Tuesday 4 June 2024.

The Innovation Award win signals peer-to-peer recognition within the industry of the innovative development of DRIFTEX, the world’s first IECEx Group I certified Electric Vehicle (EV), using an Intrinsically Safe traction battery. Designed and developed in response to growing industry demand for low emissions technology, DRIFTEX offers significant health and environmental improvements on mine sites by removing carcinogens, minimising noise, and reducing demand on mine site ventilation.  


Steve Burgess, Ampcontrol Manager – Electro-Motion Strategy accepted the award on behalf of Ampcontrol at the awards ceremony.

“The beauty of DRIFTEX is the technology behind it can be leveraged to satisfy other similar demands of industry to aid in mine site electrification. Being recognised at this industry level for the technical benefits of DRIFTEX further cements the ability of Ampcontrol to assist companies in meeting their decarbonisation goals,” says Steve Burgess.


DRIFTEX incorporates a 60kWh Intrinsically Safe battery management system with a long cycle life of 20,000-30,000 cycles, allowing for approximately ten years of operation with 80% battery life remaining. DRIFTEX is the world’s first IECEx Group I Certified Electric Vehicle.

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