3ME – Army adopts underground electric vehicles technology


From designing a safer, more environmentally sustainable Australian built underground electric vehicle to its adaptation to serve the Army’s future aspirations, 3ME Technology (3ME) prove the transfer of technology across our key economic sectors is a reality – while also contributing to Australia’s decarbonisation goals.

3ME is an Australian heavy-vehicle battery manufacturer designing and producing energy-dense, lithium-ion battery systems in a modular format to power mining and military electric vehicles (EV) and equipment. These technologies also have applications in the marine and aerospace sectors.

Australian knowhow and expertise, with the support of METS Ignited funding, enabled the design of an electric battery personnel carrier for use in underground mining. Delivering safety outcomes by reducing exposure to noise, heat and fumes, the product has been commercially successful in the Australian market.

In 2021 3ME were successful in securing $15 million in capital investment from the Australian Business Growth Fund (ABGF) and the $5 million from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

Technology developed by 3ME has since been applied to the Australian Army’s new Electric Protected Military Vehicle (ePMV). As the Army looks to the future, the Australian designed and built eMPV will keep personnel safe under fire and bring the benefits of electric vehicles, such as being quieter than combustion vehicles, to the battlefield. By supporting this technology, the Army is creating innovative operational advantages and growing Australian industries and jobs.

3ME continues to grow, scaling up its Production Facility to deliver on demand.

Expected Impact

  • Strong global demand
  • Patent secured and others in progress
  • Supporting complementary technology development
  • World first innovation
  • Onshore Australian manufacturing
  • Leveraging clean technology funding for export opportunity. 


Expected Growth

3x growth within FY.


Expected JOBS

From 6 personnel at project commencement to 105 in 2022 and 592 by 2025.

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