Originally posted by Paul Moore on 1st December 2017 at im-mining.com

Artisan Vehicles, which describes itself as “the biggest game-changer among underground mining equipment OEMs”, is changing the game again with the Z40 haul truck.

“Our new 40 t truck, the largest all battery powered truck ever to be put underground, will make its debut in January of 2018. Now mines that struggle with heat and ventilation have a new and more powerful tool to increase their production.”

The Z40 Haul Truck is a ground up design that seamlessly integrates the most capable and proven battery electric powertrain available in the mining industry with the latest and most coveted features of any haul truck on the market today. “The Z40 raises the bar of what is possible and enables an all new level of production and cost reduction for underground hard rock mine companies.”

“We have discovered a powerful combination,” said Mike Kasaba, Artisan’s CEO, “Using the very best techniques for machine design and our many years of experience with battery powertrains has led us to create a new class of machine. A class that directly impacts and improves underground production. Our truck’s capabilities, performance, and benefits on ventilation and cooling are changing the hauling equation in the most positive way in a generation.”

Kirkland Lake Gold, a fast growing and innovative leader in the mining industry, will be the first customer for the Z40. “KLG continues to challenge conventional thinking and perceived limitations on production and cost reduction and their bets are paying off.”

”We believe in battery technology and in Artisan as our technology partner. Their machines are powerful and reliable and have helped us achieve our production targets at Macassa.” said Tony Makuch, CEO of Kirkland Lake Gold.