Sandvik Unveils Biggest Battery-Electric Mining Truck Yet
With a payload capacity of 65 metric tons, the Sandvik TH665B is the largest-capacity battery-electric truck for underground mining yet from Sandvik. The prototype has completed factory testing in California and has been showcased at trade shows both in Australia and South Africa.
The truck will be trialed in Australia, where the purpose is to prove Sandvik TH665B’s performance in long ramp haulage applications. When fully loaded it is expected to be up to 30 percent faster on a 1:7 ramp than a comparable conventional diesel underground truck, thanks to an electric drivetrain that can deliver 640kW of continuous power. It is also equipped with Sandvik’s patented self-swapping system, which enables its batteries to be exchanged in just a few minutes.