You may remember a story we did nigh on 12 months ago with Voltra rolling out fully electric vehicles in the mines. The first lot went to the BHP Olympic Dam fleet as a trial, and it would seem it has passed with flying colours. You’ll see the Voltra e-LV (electric light vehicle) in action below.
It now seems that more and more electric vehicles are being used in both open cut and underground mining operations, with the first of many electric LandCruisers arriving at GB Auto’s workshop in Orange. The vehicles come from a partnership with Tembo 4×4 e-LV, to design and build EVs for use in underground mining environments.
There is continual pressure on the environmental risks of running diesel engines underground, especially health risks to miners. The obvious answer to these issues is the implementation of electric vehicles. Despite many (us included) questioning the usefulness of current-generation electric vehicles for towing three-tonne caravans across the countryside, it would appear that they are quite capable within the mining industry.
As investment into EVs continues, infrastructure will increase, the technology will get better, and in turn, hopefully the range while towing three tonnes of caravan will increase. Time will tell. At least for the moment, the investment is continuing unabated into electric vehicles in the mines.