Epiroc announced conversion kits that transform its flagship loader, the Scooptram ST1030, from diesel-powered to battery electric. The new offering will speed up the mining industry’s shift to an emissions-free future, Epiroc reported.

Conversion involves removing the diesel engine, adding the battery, and changing to an electric driveline. The conversion can be part of a midlife rebuild. Epiroc offers a quick turnaround time.

The end result is the same or higher performance level as diesel machines with all the added benefits of battery technology, which includes zero emissions and a healthier underground environment for operators, the supplier said.

Earlier this year, Evolution Mining, headquartered in Australia, ordered the conversion of two diesel-powered Scooptram ST1030 machines for use at the  Red Lake gold mine in Ontario, Canada. Red Lake also ordered two new Scooptram ST14 Battery loaders and one Minetruck MT42 Battery.

Kits to convert the Scooptram ST1030 are currently available, and kits for other machines will follow, including for the Scooptram ST14 loader.

The kits are a smart and cost-efficient alternative for miners electrifying their operations, Epiroc said.