Normet introduced the high-capacity XL platform with Normet ElectroDynamic (ED) powertrain architecture. The supplier said the combination offers the best features of Normet’s battery-electric SmartDrive platform and low-emission technology to give increased payload capacity in compact dimensions, superior driving dynamics, high performance, and superb fuel efficiency, with less maintenance.

Using externally cooled mining axles with permanent magnet motors in a highly efficient direct-drive configuration, ED technology uses neither a drive shaft nor gearbox. That creates space for more payload, Normet said.

Normet ED architecture also enables one-pedal driving. The vehicle automatically controls both acceleration and deceleration with the operator’s accelerator pedal input.

The advanced front-axle suspension system and the new Normet 180° cabin, with improved ergonomics and visibility, set new industry standards for operator safety and comfort, the supplier said.

The powertrain is central to the design of the new Utimec XL ED, with a payload capacity of 24 metric tons (mt). All XL ED units are powered with direct-drive electric motors, Stage-V Volvo Penta engines.

The Utimec XL 1100 Agitator ED, with a concrete transportation capacity of 10.5 m3, features a voluminous, wear-resistant and remote-controllable concrete drum, and a hydraulically
operated discharging chute, allowing for more versatile vehicle positioning, the supplier said. Both mixing and unloading are controlled electrically and can be operated with zero local emissions by plugging the machine into the mine’s power grid.

The XL ED models are ideal for high-capacity transportation applications, Normet said. “We are immensely proud of the new Normet ElectroDynamic technology and the XL offering, both reflecting our passion for continuously developing innovative solutions and technologies to meet and exceed customer and industry expectations for safety, productivity, and sustainability.”