A growing number of mining companies are transitioning away from diesel towards cleaner technology.
Mineral producers recently ordered Epiroc’s “most powerful” Scooptram ST18 SG. The 17.5-tonne battery electric loader operates either autonomously via laser towers or remotely, via either radio or tele control. It comes with a speed limiter, machine protection and collision avoidance system.
“It also reduced heat, noise and the need for ventilation – which is crucial as mines become increasingly deeper,” Scooptram global product manager Erik Gert said in a public statement.
“Interest from customers has been extensive and several loaders are already booked.”
The loader boasts a 450 kilowatt per hour lithium-ion, nickel, manganese and cobalt battery. The minimum charging time is 180 minutes.
“We are bringing our … zero emission technology to large-size underground mines. This is an important step in our ambition to drive the industry forward – to a more sustainable, productive and safer future,” Epiroc sales and marketing vice president Sarah Hoffman said.