Sandvik has launched a new battery-electric loader, the 18-tonne LH518B.
The manufacturer says the LH518B has been designed entirely around the loader’s Artisan battery system and electric driveline to make the most of that technology.
Changing the loader battery does not require any cranes or forklifts, thanks to the patented AutoSwap feature.
Sandvik says the new LH518B battery-electric loader comes with an exceptional capacity for its size.
Its design allows the loader to fit in a 4.5 x 4.5m tunnel and carry 18-tonne loads.
In addition to an innovative boom and bucket system, the LH518B features independent front and rear drivetrains, allowing high payload capacity while keeping a low overall height.
The purely battery-powered loader helps to reduce heat and emissions underground, helping mines reach their sustainability targets and reduce ventilation costs.
The robust battery pack uses Lithium Iron Phosphate chemistry (LiFePO4) and is purpose-designed for use in underground mining.
Sandvik said it was expanding its battery-electric vehicle offerings in phases and model by model.
“When the battery loaders and trucks are introduced to new markets, Sandvik will be ready to offer full product support and aftermarket services for its customers,” the OEM said.