The main objectives of these guidelines are:
- To act as a guideline or blueprint for vehicle OEMs. It will allow the OEMs to focus their R&D efforts in a particular direction;
- To strike an appropriate balance between standardisation and innovation, and allow miners to operate a fleet of battery electric vehicles without concerns about proprietary equipment and interfaces; and
- Leverage existing standards, including those from the automotive, electrical, and automation.
The first workshop was held by the Canadian Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) in Toronto, in May, and a second was held June 22, in Brisbane. A third workshop was held at Glencore’s Nickel Rim site in Sudbury on June 28, with the aim of producing a fully articulated project plan and making progress towards the development of the guidelines.