There’s a surprising amount of electric plant around now; not stuff that moves to work like bucket loaders and dozers, but excavators and shovel loaders. When they were doing the George Street tramway in Sydney it was striking how many machines were silent. Then you see the cable coming out of the back. They have battery power to move but once in place working, they plug in.Never really got that far, the discussion stemmed from this project:
Project:TRITEV Prototype Customer:Tritton Underground (Aeris Resources) Category: Mining; Full System Integration Dates:November 2018 – July 2020 Status:Approaching Completion Website:aerisresources.com.au Tags:#TrittonEV #ProjectEVmine #METSIgnited TRITEV Prototype The TRITEV prototype is a...3me.technology
We talked to them about converting one of our D12.
A bit of googling shows that Caterpilar have an electric bucket loader in development; another site vehicle, not for “big plant jobs“. Supposedly can do a half day of work on a charge, then need a 30 minute charge.
There are some interesting electric mining dump trucks around; Cat have a trolley bus style system on the market. Although not sure quite how relevant the carbon saved would be when you’re mining coal!