Two innovative Australian manufacturing and technology companies have combined to deliver a range of new battery-electric vehicle (BEV) solutions for underground mining applications.
Ampcontrol’s BEV technology will be fitted to PPK Mining Equipment’s (PPKME) existing personnel carrier vehicle range (pictured).
They also plan to retrofit a range of other vehicles manufactured by PPKME, including the company’s COALTRAM flameproof and explosion protected diesel Load Haul Dump utility vehicle.
PPKME Global Head of Mining Dale McNamara said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to combine our respective industry expertise to introduce the first new Australian designed and built battery-electric personnel carrier vehicle for the underground coal industry.
“Expanding our relationship to install Ampcontrol BEV technology into our COALTRAM utility vehicles will substantially benefit our customers and employees by developing new vehicles for all underground mines.”
Ampcontrol BEV technology builds upon the company’s engineering solutions for use in hazardous environments, including underground coal mines.
Ampcontrol CEO Rod Henderson said: “Our new BEV technology lets our partners and customers power their existing equipment, converting from diesel to battery-electric energy, and new vehicles under development with a solution where safety and efficiency are absolutely paramount.”
PPK Group executive chairman Robin Levison said the ‘electrification project’ was the first step on a broader collaboration opportunity between two companies within the Hunter region of NSW
“I see this unique Ampcontrol, PPK Group and our subsidiary company LIS Energy.
“LIS Energy continues to commercialise its proprietary Lithium Sulphur battery technology through its joint venture research agreement with Deakin University.
“We are very enthusiastic about the potential future opportunities this project could present.”
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