Epiroc and Byrnecut signed a memorandum of understanding to partner on developing a diesel-electric loader prototype. (Photo: Epiroc)

Epiroc partnered with Byrnecut on the development of next-generation electric-drive underground loaders. One goal of the partnership is to develop a diesel-electric prototype for a Byrnecut site in Australia.

The announcement by Epiroc implied the unit would be based on their flagship Scooptram model. The Scooptram features “an optimized electric drivetrain for maximum efficiency, more optimized hydraulics, and a modular design to accommodate different energy sources,” the supplier said. “Being part of Epiroc’s Smart series, the Scooptram loader will be equipped with Epiroc’s Rig Control System (RCS) making it ready for automation.”

Both companies said the partnership arose in part from an alignment of views on industry trends. “We are proud to deepen our partnership with Byrnecut with the development of a future proof, low-emission automated loader in the large segment,” said Sami Niiranen, president of Epiroc’s Underground division. “This will support Byrnecut to accelerate the transformation towards reduced emissions as well as overall TCO, without any compromise on safety and productivity.”