Underground electric vehicles tested at Norilsk mine
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Underground electric vehicles tested at Norilsk mine

February 14, 2022

In Russia, battery-powered machines are working in a mine for the first time.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The first battery mining equipment in Russia began to work in the underground tunnels of the Zapolyarny mine. The machines were purchased by the Nornickel company as part of a program to modernize and upgrade the mining equipment stock.

Zapolyarny received two new battery-powered self-propelled vehicles – Utimec MF 500 SD, designed for transporting concrete, and a bus Utimec MF 205 PER SD – for transporting people. Now the equipment of the Finnish company Normet is undergoing a six-month pilot test. Experts will evaluate how the vehicles will feel in arctic conditions. In Russia, battery autocars are used underground for the first time.

The underground concrete mixer is the best in its size class, has two electric motors and can move underground at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour. Lithium-ion batteries charge quickly and can be recharged on the go.

The bus, designed for 20 passengers and two operators, is designed for the safe transportation of people through underground mine workings.

The machine has a reversible all-wheel drive, high traction capacity suitable for mountain conditions, and an ergonomic cab. It takes 40 minutes to charge, from a common power grid, and this is enough for 10 kilometers. There are also mobile chargers included.

Recall that in 2021, the Nornickel Polar Division mining equipment was replenished by almost 60 units – the cost of new equipment exceeded six billion rubles.

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Text: Anzhelika Stepanova, Photo: Nornickel press service and editorial archive

February 14, 2022

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