First e-trucks to run underground
The Swedish mining group Boliden is to become one of the first companies in the world to start deploying battery-electric trucks for heavy underground transport.
The first truck to serve the Kankberg mine in Northern Sweden, a Volvo FH Electric, will be used to transport rock bolts and other equipment down into the mine and will be put into service still in 2023. Based on the experience with the first truck, another Volvo FH Electric will follow at a later date.
In mining environments, the electric trucks can deliver several big advantages – including no exhaust emissions, a safer workplace, and quieter working conditions. If all trucks in the mine were electric, the CO2 emissions from the mine could be reduced by more than 25%, Volvo said. (ben)