Scania sends electric trucks to LKAB mine in Sweden
An electric Scania Heavy Tipper will operate in the LKAB mine in Malmberget, in northern Sweden, alongside an electric crane truck specially adapted for these mining operations. This is also to be used as a test for the BEVs in the “demanding underground mine environment”.
The heavy tipper has a total weight including the load of 49 tonnes and is planned for use transporting residual products. The second truck is equipped with a crane to transport drill steel to underground drill rigs. The electric crane truck is to be charged at the depot, however, mobile charging at the sites will also be made possible to increase flexibility. The partners want to launch the vehicles at LKAB during 2022.
“The electric trucks are part of an ambition to set a new standard for sustainable mining, where fossil-free is used all the way,” said Peter Gustavsson, project manager at LKAB, adding: “We are shifting our fleet away from fossil diesel and as we are testing the capacity of battery-powered electric vehicles, decisions are taken with respect to the choice of trucks must not only contribute to higher productivity but, above all, also a more sustainable mine and a safer work environment.”