Development of Electric Mining Vehicles in Surface and Underground Mining, 2022 Update

Pages: 46 Published: April 05, 2022 Report Code: GDMINEQ003

The report analyses the development of electric vehicles in the mining industry. The pace of switching to electric mining vehicles is highest underground. As miners strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, many are beginning to invest in battery-powered and electric-powered mining fleets as they embark on the long-term goal of diesel displacement.

Electric surface trucks

In open pit mining, surface mines have historically only had the option of electric power through trolley trucks, where the power is supplied by overhead trolley lines and trucks have pantograph attachments to connect to these lines. Battery technology to power large surface mining trucks is still evolving and currently only at the prototype stage, with hydrogen fuel cell battery technology also being tested. The largest population of trolley assist trucks is in Zambia, followed by Namibia and Panama.

What are the key models of electric surface trucks?

The key models of electric surface trucks are Hitachi EH3500AC, Liebherr T284, Komatsu 960E, Caterpillar 795AC, XEMC Battery powered truck – SF31904, and Hydrogen fuel cell-battery hybrid truck – Komatsu 930E.

Electric underground loaders & trucks

In underground mining, trucks and LHDs can be electrified in two ways. The first is from an external power source, such as through a trailing cable or an overhead catenary line. Such equipment has been used for many years, in particular cable-tethered LHDs. The second is where the machine sources its power supply from onboard battery packs, with this method becoming increasingly popular in recent years. The combined largest population of electric LHDs and trucks is in Canada, followed by Russia, Sweden and Australia.

What are the key models of electric underground loaders & trucks?

The key models of electric underground loaders & trucks are Sandvik – Cable tethered, Sandvik – Battery powered, Sandvik’s Artisan Brand – Battery powered, Sandvik – Battery powered, Epiroc – Battery powered, Epiroc – Battery powered, Epiroc (earlier Kiruna trucks) – Catenary trolley assist, RDH-Scharf – Battery powered, RDH-Scharf – Battery powered, Aramine – Battery powered, and JCHX Hubei – Battery powered.

Market report scope

Key models of electric underground loaders & trucks Sandvik – Cable tethered, Sandvik – Battery powered, Sandvik’s Artisan Brand – Battery powered, Sandvik – Battery powered, Epiroc – Battery powered, Epiroc – Battery Powered, Epiroc (Earlier Kiruna Trucks) – Catenary Trolley Assist, RDH-Scharf – Battery powered, RDH-Scharf – Battery powered, Aramine – Battery Powered, and JCHX Hubei – Battery Powered
Key models of electric surface trucks Hitachi EH3500AC, Liebherr T284, Komatsu 960E, Caterpillar 795AC, XEMC Battery Powered Truck – SF31904, and Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Battery Hybrid Truck – Komatsu 930E.

 

Scope

  • The report analyses the development of electric vehicles in the mining industry, tracking additions over time and specifying the exact brands and models used across each mine. Future plans for further additions or introductions of electric vehicles are included as well as details of the benefits achieved from the use of electric vehicles by miners.

Reasons to Buy

  • Track the development of electric vehicles, specifically LHDs, underground mining trucks and trolley-assist trucks, in the mining sector.
  • Drill down to numbers of electric mining vehicles by brand and model at each mine
  • Compare the use of electric mining vehicles by mining company
  • Identify the benefits achieved from the use of electric vehicles by miners.
  • View future plans for the introduction of electric vehicles by mine.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary – Electric surface trucks

Global population of surface trolley trucks by mine, country, make and model

Recent & upcoming developments

Roll-out of trolley assist electric trucks at selected mines

Benefits achieved or predicted from trolley assist trucks by miners

Popular models of surface trolley trucks

Executive summary – Underground loaders (LHDs) and trucks

Global population of electric LHDs & trucks by mine, country, make and model

Recent & upcoming developments

Roll-out of electric LHDs & trucks at selected mines

Number of electric LHDs & trucks operated by miners & OEMs

Benefits achieved or predicted from autonomous trucks – by miner & OEM

Popular models of electric LHDs & trucks

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