Atlas Copco has revealed its intention to increase its range of and reliance on electric-powered vehicles in order to reduce its emission output.
The mining equipment manufacturer will focus development on zero-emission and battery-driven machinery, with immediate plans to expand its current portfolio of electric machines including loaders, drill rigs and mine trucks.
“Our customers’ future is electric,” said Andreas Nordbrandt, president of Atlas Copco underground rock excavation division, based in Örebro, Sweden.
“It’s high time to look forward and leave fossil fuels behind. We must consider the mining industry’s carbon footprint and assume our responsibility as an industry leader.”
Atlas Copco will continue to support all customers who rely on diesel-driven equipment but the decision to completely advance beyond diesel is a definitive move.
The company’s electric-powered loaders, trucks and drill rigs have been extensively tested in the field and the machines currently on offer have confirmed to the management that this technology is ready to take over.
“Zero-emission machines already offer the same or even better performance as diesel, and this is only the beginning productivity and profitability will only improve from here,” said Erik Svedlund, global marketing manager electrification at Atlas Copco.
Nordbrandt added, “Besides the lower running cost of the machines themselves, there are considerable savings to be had in ventilation and cooling. But most importantly, electric machines contribute to a safer and healthier work environment for miners everywhere.
“Our goal is zero-emission mining. We can achieve that through a commitment to science and technology. This is a power change that changes everything.”
October 13, 2017