Sandvik BEV to showcase at international mining conference

IMARC is due to take place in November and Sandvik will showcase its battery-electric vehicle (BEV), which will electrify underground mining operations

Adopting electric vehicles (EVs) for mining applications means that organisations must address further concerns relating to the needs of mining operatives. This includes safety and efficiency, while businesses aim to become more sustainable. 

The organisation behind some of the most sophisticated mining machinery, Sandvik is set to exhibit at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in November 2022, bringing its battery-electric vehicle (BEV) to the event. 

The TH665B will take to the centre of its stand at the venue in Australia, before being transported to the west for trial with Barminco and AngloGold Ashanti at Australia’s Sunrise Dam gold mine. The truck weighs 65 tonnes and uses a lithium-iron phosphate battery and electric drivetrain, which delivers 640 kilowatts of continuous power output.

“There’s enormous excitement around the Sandvik TH665B, and we’re delighted to be able to present it to visitors at IMARC,” says Wayne Scrivens, Vice President, Sales Area Australia & New Zealand, Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions

“With the vehicle due to formally come onto the market in 2023, this is an excellent opportunity for customers to better understand just what it’s capable of.” 

Showcasing mining’s finest electrification

The TH665B is not the only EV to grace the company’s stand at IMARC. The company also shares its other equipment, including DD422iE.

“Customers might currently be using the conventional Sandvik DD421 hydraulic-controlled jumbos for ground-support work, and our intelligent Sandvik DD422i and Sandvik DD422iE drill rigs for boring, where they require long and accurate rounds with minimised overbreaking,” says Scrivens. 

“With the Dual Control Package, they can use a single drill for multiple and different applications.” 

The equipment provides users with flexibility as they are able to use a single machine for boring, bolting and meshing in underground mining scenarios. 

“It’s another example of how we’re working closely with customers to come up with the best solutions for the local industry,” says Scrivens. 

Training is also a critical part of success with electric mining equipment and Sandvik provides accurate simulation technology to train the next generation of users. The Digital Driller underground drilling simulator provides a safe and convenient environment for personnel to trained on the DD422i, DD422iE, and DT922i drill rigs.

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