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Vale Canada Tests EVs in Ontario Mining Operations

Mining News - Published on Mon, 06 Jul 2020

Image Source: Vale Canada Rokion EV
By the end of 2020, Brazilian mining giant Vale subsidiary Vale Canada, expects to have upward of 20 battery-powered vehicles operating in five of its Ontario mines, including a number supplied by Canadian electric mining vehicle manufacturer Rokion, a division of Saskatoon-based OEM Prairie Machine. The vehicles, which are still being evaluated on a trial basis, range from personnel carriers to larger loaders and hauling trucks. Along with Rokion, which makes personnel and utility vehicles, the other manufacturers are Sandvik and Epiroc, both based in Sweden.

A handful of EVs have already been tested at the company’s Creighton and Coleman mines. According to Vale Canada, tests to date have demonstrated improvements in three areas: health and safety, operating and capital costs, and environmental impact. The new rollout will see EVs added at its Copper Cliff, Garson and Thompson sites.

EVs are quieter than diesel vehicles, produce less heat and have no exhaust emissions, all pluses for operator comfort. Meanwhile, cost savings stem primarily from reduced ventilation demands, while the biggest environmental benefit is a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The company says the new vehicles are part of Vale’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, which includes goals of being carbon neutral by 2050 and achieving a 33 per cent reduction of emissions by 2030. In this context, it also says the information gathered from the vehicle tests will be used to “steer business investment decisions in the years to come.”

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 06 Jul 2020
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