The project aims to update the previous version of the guideline leveraging lessons learned, particularly related to safety and maintenance, and accommodating technology advancements. It will also add information to provide valuable guidance to the surface mining community.
There is a continued urgency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and growing industry interest in adopting battery-electric technologies for underground and surface mining. Since the last edition, there’s been many advancements in battery chemistries on the market, changing ventilation requirements, varied charging methods, etc. that need to be documented in the guideline. Additionally, it will include a section for surface mining, best practices and lessons learned.
The first two editions of this guideline, developed in partnership with Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC), outline recommended practices for the use of BEVs in an underground mining environment.
The guideline outlines the recommended practice for use of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the underground mining environment. It is structured as a specification and can be included by mining companies in tender documents to mining vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It can serve as a blueprint / path forward for OEM research and development efforts.