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Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) Short Course at CIM 2019

Apr 28

This short course is designed to help underground miners develop a strategy and tools for the implementation of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) underground. It is built from the second edition of the GMG-CMIC guideline on BEVs in the underground, which was published in November 2018.

Our BEV project stemmed from requests from companies with mines entering development in Ontario. Their efforts to build diesel-free underground mines revealed a major impediment to the realization of their projects: a lack of standardization in the components needed (different types of batteries, chargers, electronics, etc.).

BEVs can reduce both a mine’s operating costs and impact on the environment as they require less maintenance, emit lower levels of greenhouse gases and use less energy. They also avoid emission of DPMs, a known carcinogen. But, with the implementation of anything new comes a set of challenges such as changes to infrastructure, maintenance and operating constraints.

The BEVs Guideline is meant to drive technological development to enable diesel-free underground mines.

This short course is being held as part of the CIM 2019 Convention short course program; registration details are below. To learn more about GMG’s Underground Mining Working Group and projects and how you can get involved, click here.

Course Agenda

Session 1: General introduction to considerations for BEVs in underground mining and the GMG-CMIC Guideline
Session 2: BEV design
Session 3:  Batteries and other energy storage systems
Session 4: Charging systems
Session 5: Mine planning & design for a BEV mine
Session 6: Operations and performance standards for BEVs



The course will be facilitated by David Sanguinetti, GMG’s Program Manager, and will be taught by select authors of the BEV guideline. The authors include leading battery electric equipment designers, mine designers with experience in electric mine design, providers of BEV charging infrastructure, and operators of mines with battery electric equipment.


  • Paul Summers, Lead Developer, Electric Drive Systems, Miller Technology Incorporated
  • Michel Serres, Vice President Mining Solutions, ABB
  • MacLean Engineering (TBD)
  • Alain Richard, Sr. Engineer – Team Lead, Bestech
  • Brian Huff, Chief Technology Officer, Artisan Vehicle Systems


To register please visit the CIM Convention website here.




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