Recommended Best Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in Underground Mining – 2nd Edition 

GMG Guideline BEV

Published: 2018-05-11
Working Group: The Electric Mine, Underground Mining 
Status: Current, revision ongoing. Visit the v3 project page here.


This guideline outlines the recommended practices for using battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in an underground mining environment. It is structured as a specification and can be included in mining companies’ tender documents to mining vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It can also serve as a blueprint path forward for OEM research and development efforts. This edition adds a section on operations covering topics such as requirements for emergency response, maintenance, and operator training. It also introduces new material to help those creating a business case for BEVs. The new version also expands the existing charging section to reflect recent technological developments, adds considerations for extreme environments, and provides further discussion on e-stops, master disconnects, and use of dynamic braking. 


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