Caterpillar unveiled its latest sustainable mining technology, a battery electric prototype underground mining truck, during a demonstration today for gold mining company Newmont Corp. in Tasmania, Australia.
This follows the November 2022 announcement of the 793-battery electric prototype surface mining truck. The new underground mining truck was created with input from Newmont, according to a Caterpillar release.
When paired with the already available R1700 XE battery electric loader, the new truck will complete Caterpillar’s first fully electric underground load-and-haul solution.
The use of autonomous trucks aims to enhance mine site safety by removing operators from hazardous or remote areas, while also improving productivity and consistency in operations, according to the release.
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