Above, Epiroc’s Minetruck and MT42 Battery at the Kittilä mine in Finland. (Photo: Epiroc)

Above, Epiroc’s Minetruck and MT42 Battery at the Kittilä mine in Finland. (Photo: Epiroc)

Epiroc reported successful field testing of the Boomer E2 Battery, Scooptram ST14 Battery and Minetruck MT42 Battery at Agnico Eagle’s Kittilä mine in Northern Finland as part of the Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems project.

The batteries dispelled any preconceived concerns regarding battery-electric equipment, Kittilä mine said.

They performed very well, delivering high reliability, increased performance and battery autonomy, Epiroc said.

“Our advances in zero-emission, battery-electric equipment, as well as automation and information management, have established us as a key driver behind the technology that is shaping the future of sustainable mining,” said Sami Niiranen, president, underground division, Epiroc. “This project is aligned with our ambition to deliver the world’s greenest machines and establishing ourselves as a leading provider of zero-emission battery-electric vehicles.”

The project was part of Horizon 2020, an extensive European Union research and innovation program.