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Belarusian BelAZ teams up with Canadian company to design electric haul truck

Economy 25.09.2018 | 19:17
Piotr Parkhomchik
Piotr Parkhomchik

MINSK, 25 September (BelTA) – The Belarusian automobile engineering company BelAZ will work together with a Canadian company to design an electric dump truck, BelTA learned from BelAZ Director General Piotr Parkhomchik on 25 September.

The BelAZ CEO said: “A serious document has been put together on designing an electric dump truck together with a Canadian company. We intend to get finance from the Canadian company as part of this startup. Our customer is the international mining company ArcelorMittal.”

Piotr Parkhomchik also noted that accumulators represent the main problem in designing such a dump truck. The available solutions allow powering such dump trucks for three to four hours. “We need at least eight hours with 20-30 minutes of downtime for recharging,” said the BelAZ director general. “Mainly electric excavators are used in Russian quarries. Our competitors already make dump trucks powered by batteries for underground mining.”

The public joint-stock company (OAO) BelAZ designs and manufactures mining vehicles and special-purpose vehicles using innovative technologies. Over the course of 70 years the company has made over 500 various modifications of haul trucks and utility vehicles, has assembled 146,000 vehicles, with the products shipped to 78 countries.

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