The inhalation of exhaust gases from diesel vehicles is a significant health risk for mine workers. Often lung and respiratory diseases are the result of many years of underground activity. Emission-free electromobility can reduce the risks - a new trend to which the globally operating specialist for mining and tunneling vehicles, Emsbürener Hermann Paus Maschinenfabrik GmbH, now also devotes. The first electric and hybrid vehicles from the cooperation with the company Danfoss Mobile Electrification will be delivered to customers shortly. For more information see the IDTechEx report on on electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles in mining.
In Canada, the use of diesel vehicles in first mines has already been banned. Paus is now offering for the first time a universal vehicle for mining as a hybrid or electric variant, which corresponds to the trend towards locally emission-free underground mining. With its compact dimensions and a payload of 1.2 tons, it is particularly suitable for passenger and material transport in mines.
The electric drive train system EDITRON is supplied by Danfoss Mobile Electrification for the all-wheel-drive off-highway vehicle MinCa 5.1 in two variants:
As a pure electric drive with 50 kilowatt electric motor and a battery system with 50 kilowatt hours for 3-4 hours of work
As a hybrid drive with 50 kilowatt electric motor, a range extender and a battery sys- tem with 20 kilowatt hours for 12 hours of work
In addition to the health protection of mine workers, customers based in, for example, North and South America, Russia or Australia benefit from up to 50 percent lower fuel costs for construction site work. In addition, the abandonment of diesel vehicles generally improves air quality - so the cost of ventilation systems can also be minimized.
The universal vehicle MinCa 5.1 is produced in Emsbüren and has been on the market for two years as a diesel vehicle. The electric and hybrid version, which was developed and tested in cooperation with Paus and Danfoss in recent months, is now going into series production. The first copies of the four-wheel drive vehicle will be delivered to customers of the two companies later this year.