Battery powered underground mining vehicles
Leading the charge…EV-ready, now
In 2015, we turned our product development attention towards designing a battery powered fleet that would respond to the mining industry’s growing need for cost containment through energy and mine design efficiencies, along with improving underground air quality for miners.
The MacLean approach to battery propulsion is built on giving our customers access to best-in-class battery, electric motor, onboard charging, and vehicle analytics technology, and then successfully integrating these components into mobile underground equipment by leveraging our multi-discipline engineering expertise, hard rock mining knowledge, and custom manufacturing experience. In other words, you can’t just understand the battery cycle, you need to understand the mining cycle in which it will be used.
In 2016, we sold our first battery electric vehicle unit and by the end of 2019, we had sold 31 battery electric vehicle units, across five separate model lines. To date, MacLean has sold and commissioned battery electric production support mining vehicles at nine mine sites across three Canadian provinces, amassing some 40,000+ operating hours.
MacLean is now taking its ‘EV-proven, EV-ready’ message to the mining world - for production support mining vehicles, considering the benefits of incremental battery electric vehicle introduction to allow for workforce training and supporting operator buy-in, which will pave the way for broader fleet electrification down the road. The two key drivers for mining companies are the cost of ventilation as mines dig deeper to extract ore, and the push to remove diesel fine particulate from the underground work environment. By the end of 2020 we will have achieved a milestone – the battery electrification of the full suite of mobile equipment across the MacLean ground support, ore flow, and utility vehicle categories.
The Big Differentiator:
- Depth of BEV experience and expertise within utility vehicle and ground support equipment categories – global technology leadership
- Ease of introduction from on-board charging design - no new electrical infrastructure required
- Ability to lease batteries to address site-level questions around end-of-life battery management – financial flexibility