Sandvik reported it is testing Stage V-compliant engine technology at Boliden’s Tara underground mine in Ireland. (Photo: Sandvik)

Sandvik said it is testing a Stage-V compliant TH663i truck at Boliden’s Tara mine in Ireland.

Sandvik said the tests are to iron out kinks prior to commercial production of the engine technology, which could be used with other truck models.

“Based on the feedback that we receive, we are able to do some modifications if necessary and thereby make sure the TH663i meets expectations when it is released to the market with the latest engine technology at a later stage,” Pia Sundberg, product line manager, trucks, Sandvik, said. “There is also some new technology on the test truck that we are testing at the same time.”

The new engine system includes built-in fire prevention solutions, increased wiring protection with shrink mesh wiring harness and electric hardware resistant to corrosion, heat and water. The new engine requires ultra-low-sulphur fuel and low-ash engine oil.

The test TH663i is equipped with Sandvik’s Automine for Trucks, which enables autonomous truck haulage underground and on the surface.