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Caterpillar to test battery electric haul trucks

Caterpillar has signed an agreement with a Brazilian mining company to test battery electric haul trucks, as well as conduct studies on ethanol-powered trucks

Caterpillar has partnered with Brazilian mining company Vale to test battery electric haul trucks, with the aim of reducing Vale’s scope one and scope two emissions.

Caterpillar is currently in the process of developing haul trucks powered by batteries, with a 218-tonne (240-ton) truck set to be tested by Vale at its operations in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Vale says Caterpillar is also developing energy transfer solutions for trucks, which will be tested at the mining company’s operations in Pará, Brazil over the next few years.

As part of this agreement, both companies will focus on a dual fuel solution for haul trucks operating on ethanol and diesel fuel.

Out of all mining equipment, Vale says haul trucks consume the most diesel and contribute the most to emissions. The Brazilian mining company is looking to Caterpillar to help combat this issue.

“We are developing a portfolio of options to decarbonise Vale’s operations, including electrification and the use of alternative fuels in the mines – the most viable solutions will be adopted,” Vale’s energy and decarbonisation director Ludmila Nascimento says.

“There have been significant advances in the development of electric truck technology in recent years and these innovations will play an important role in bringing our net emissions to zero by 2050,” Vale’s director of engineering for mine and plant operations Josè Baltazar says.

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