Project EVmine - Project Summary

Battery Electric Vehicle Integration in Australian Underground Mines (Project EVmine)

The opportunity exists for a standardised approach to retrofitting common underground mining vehicles using Australian technology developed by 3ME Technology (formerly Energetique Mining Vehicles) to both increase the efficiency and safety of Australian mines. Project EVmine will provide a robust demonstration of Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) technology and how this can assist Australian underground mining operations improve the way they operate.

The successful implementation of two BEV prototypes and associated analysis of operating costs and other metrics of this project will contribute to the future design, integration and longer-term management of BEVs on mine sites. The project will support the acceleration towards battery electric underground mining in Australia and pave the way for next-generation mining BEVs.

METS Ignited Collaborative Project Funds

The METS Ignited Project Funds is a $15.6m, four-year initiative to support, encourage and fund sector-wide collaboration. The funding is provided by the Australian Government as part of the Industry Growth Centre initiative, in alignment with METS Ignited's strategic objective to support the acceleration of innovation commercialisation.

Project Partners

  • 3ME (formerly Energetique Mining Vehicles)
  • Aeris Resources
  • Safescape
  • Cougar Mining Group
  • Mine Tech Australia

Project Funding

The total funding agreement to deliver Project EVmine is $1,200,000 with $500,000 from METS Ignited, $500,000 from industry partners, and $200,000 from Energetique Mining Vehicles (the recipient).

Project Outputs

  • CAD illustrations of technology integration
  • BEV duty cycle modelling
  • Component bench-testing
  • Controlled field testing, modifications and reporting on an Integrated Tool-Carrier BEV, (TRITTON EV) and a Medium Utility BEV (BORTANA EV)
  • Underground mine site trials (3 months)