Goldcorp takes electric vehicles underground

Two electric vehicles (EVs) have descended underground at Goldcorp’s Musselwhite mine in Ontario, where they will conduct several months of testing to quantify the level of air-quality improvement and determine feasibility for healthier productivity.
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Goldcorp is taking EVs underground

Nadav Shemer

As Goldcorp explained, use of electric-powered vehicles decreases emissions and protects employee well-being, while negating the need to control diesel emissions by ventilation systems.

The four-month trial pits two EVs head-to-head in performance assessment. A MineCat UT150-eMV from Ontario-based Industrial Fabrication will be evaluated against a PapaBravo Marmot manufactured in Saskatchewan, which claims to reduce costs by 85% compared to diesel.

Goldcorp said it would share findings across operations and would consider use of electric vehicles at other mines if this trial proves successful.

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