Recommended Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in Underground Mining – Version 3

As battery technologies advance, many companies are seeing the benefits of adopting battery electric vehicles in underground mining operations to achieve goals such as carbon reduction, improving the working environment, and mining at greater depths.

This guideline describes recommended practices for the use of battery electric vehicles in underground mining. Its intent is to provide guidance and an overall discussion about the benefits, drawbacks, and planning needed to design and implement a battery electric vehicle fleet within an existing or new mine. It aims to strike an appropriate balance between standardization and innovation by providing key considerations, questions to ask, and guidance on where to look for further information.

It comprises seven core sections: business case, mine design and operations, BEV design, Energy Storage Systems, Charging Systems and Methods, Types of Charging and Connection Interfaces, Performance Standards