Within the next 20 years, all mines will be in the process of eliminating diesel vehicles, as they represent a considerable operating cost and are the source of a significant portion of their greenhouse gas emissions. Several manufacturers have already proposed electric versions of on-road vehicles that are not adapted to Canadian open-pit mining conditions or intended for underground operations. Indeed, this extremely harsh environment requires adequate technologies capable of performing in very cold climatic zones.
As part of this project, IVI and its industrial partners, Adria, TM4, Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG), Fournier et Fils, and the NRC have joined forces to design and develop an electric propulsion system specifically adapted to heavy mining vehicles. The development of this solution also involves the design and development of a high-power battery system technology and a fast charging infrastructure adapted to mining operations. The type of vehicle used for this project is a 40 ton dump truck produced by Daimler Western Star model 6900XD.
The solutions being developed will be tested at NMG’s new site.