December 2019
Volume 71    Issue 12

Electrifying the underground mining industry; the shift to electric vehicles

Mining Engineering , 2019, Vol. 71, No. 12, pp. 34-34


Throughout the global underground mining industry, there is increasing motivation to change from diesel-powered equipment to battery electric vehicle technology. From better health and safety to reduced greenhouse gas emissions to increased productivity and lower operating costs, electrification has huge potential to improve operations for mining companies of all sizes.

Battery-driven machines are already at work in mines around the world. For example, the first-generation electric equipment that Epiroc launched in 2016 has logged more than 80,000 hours of operation worldwide. Mining companies using Epiroc’s first-generation battery-driven machines include, for example, Brazilian mining company Nexa Resources, which is using the Scooptram ST7 battery loader in Peru. Other companies going electric include LKAB, the Swedish state-owned mining company, which plans to use Epiroc’s zero-emission vehicles as it expands its mining operation in northern Sweden in a sustainable way.

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