Recommended Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in Underground Mining

Author(s) T. Charsley
Published as part of the 26th World Mining Congress - Brisbane, Australia - June 26-29, 2023


As battery technologies advance, many companies are seeing the benefits of adopting battery electric vehicles in underground mining operations to achieve goals such as carbon reduction, improving the working environment, and mining at greater depths. This document is a summarized version of a longer guideline, which describes recommended practices for the use of battery electric vehicles in underground mining. The full guideline is currently freely available on the website. Its intent is to provide guidance and an overall discussion about the benefits, drawbacks, and planning needed to design and implement a battery electric vehicle fleet within an existing or new mine. It aims to strike an appropriate balance between standardization and innovation by providing key considerations, questions to ask, and guidance on where to look for further information.