Vehicle electrification technology group Proterra and equipment producer Komatsu have teamed up to bring electrification technology to underground mining machines.
In a move that signifies the official entry of Proterra into the underground mining equipment market, the collaboration will involve its supply of its H Series battery system technology. Komatsu will develop battery-electric LHDs, drills and bolters with Proterra battery system technology.
The development of prototype machines are expected this year. Commencement of commercial production is targeted for 2022.
“Proterra is excited to build on our relationship with a proven, industry-leader like Komatsu to electrify mining machines with our EV technology,” said Proterra President Gareth Joyce. “The benefits of zero-emissions, battery-electric vehicles extend far beyond our roads and cities. Switching to battery-electric technology means helping protect clean air for those working in underground mines while delivering a high-performance technology solution where safety and reliability are paramount.”
Josh Wagner, vice president of hard rock mining at Komatsu, added that, leveraging its battery technology, it will be seeking to offer customers increasing sustainable solutions for their operations.
This is the second collaboration between Proterra and Komatsu. The two companies previously announced an agreement in which Proterra supplies its industry-leading battery systems to support Komatsu in electrifying its first medium-sized hydraulic excavators.