A guideline that aims to drive technological development in battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to enable diesel-free mines.

As battery technologies advance, the benefits of replacing diesel powered vehicles with BEVs in mining operations increase. BEVs can reduce both a mine’s operating costs and impact on the environment. They have the potential to:

  • Create a healthier, safer working environment
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage
  • Reduce ventilation-imposed constraints on equipment performance
  • Lower ventilation costs
  • Lower electrical operating and refrigeration costs 
  • Lower maintenance costs

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.

BEV technologies have seen many advancements since the last edition was published. Further, there is a growing global awareness and urgency around reducing greenhouse gases. There is therefore a need to develop a third edition of the guideline that expands to include surface mining to assist key stakeholders as the industry evolves.

This guideline can be used by both mining companies and OEMs in designing and accommodating BEVs, which require many changes to infrastructure and procedure. It is structured as a specification that mining companies can include in tender documents. OEMs can also use it as a path forward for their development efforts.


  • The basics of BEVs and the business case
  • The mine design 
  • An overview of BEV design
  • Energy storage systems 
  • Charging systems
  • Operations
  • Performance standards
  • Proposed

    3rd Ed.

  • Content Development

  • Editing

  • Review

  • Published

    2nd Ed. Oct 2018


2018 Nov | Recommended Best Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in Underground Mining 2nd Edition

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.