A new agreement between two innovative Australian manufacturing and technology companies is set to deliver a range of new battery-electric vehicle (BEV) solutions for underground mining applications.
The collaboration will see the installation of the latest world-class BEV technology designed by Ampcontrol into new PPK Mining Equipment (PPKME) personnel carrier vehicles.
The companies will work together to also retrofit diesel drive trains in a range of other vehicles manufactured by PPKME, including the COALTRAM flameproof and explosion protected diesel Load Haul Dump utility vehicle.
PPKME Global Head of Mining, Dale McNamara said they are excited to join forces with Ampcontrol to deliver an Australian first in the coal industry.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to combine our respective industry expertise to introduce the first new Australian designed and built battery-electric personnel carrier vehicle for the underground coal industry,” Dale said.
“Expanding our relationship to install Ampcontrol BEV technology into our COALTRAM utility vehicles will substantially benefit our customers and employees by developing new vehicles for all underground mines.”
Ampcontrol BEV technology builds upon the company’s expertise and industry reputation, centered around developing engineering solutions for use in hazardous environments, including underground coal mines.
“We are thrilled to be working with the team at PPK Mining Equipment to power their fleet of industry-renowned underground vehicles,” Managing Director & CEO of Ampcontrol, Rod Henderson said.
“Our new BEV technology lets our partners and customers power their existing equipment, converting from diesel to battery-electric energy, and new vehicles under development with a solution where safety and efficiency are absolutely paramount.”
Commenting on potential further opportunities, PPK Group Ltd Executive Chairman, Robin Levison also added that this is just the beginning of a long partnership with Ampcontrol.
“Given the proximity of Ampcontrol and PPKME workshops within the Hunter region of NSW, the geographical spread of customers and distinct areas of expertise, I see this unique “electrification project” as the first step on a broader collaboration opportunity between Ampcontrol, PPK Group and our subsidiary company LIS Energy Ltd,” Robin said.
“LIS Energy continues to commercialise its proprietary Lithium Sulphur battery technology through its joint venture research agreement with Deakin University; we are very enthusiastic about the potential future opportunities this project could present.”
“We are looking forward to developing a strong association between PPKME and Ampcontrol, combining our engineering expertise, advanced technology solutions, and world-class manufacturing to deliver the future in battery electric vehicles for our industry,” Rod concluded.
IMAGE | Ampcontrol and PPK Mining Equipment announce new battery-electric personnel carrier vehicle for the underground coal industry
PPK Mining Equipment is the solution partner of choice for quality, market-leading products that service and support the mining industry. Through passion and innovation, we strive to improve productivity and performance for ourselves and our clients. PPK Mining Equipment is part of the PPK Group Ltd and an original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
The team are specialists in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of plant and equipment, tooling and consumables for the mining sector and related industries. Our manufacturing and service centre in Tomago, NSW operates to world-class manufacturing standards that meet the most stringent global export specifications.
We also have a market-leading service and support centre at Port Kembla in Wollongong, and a smaller service centre at Mt Thorley in the Hunter Valley coal fields. We have around 150 staff of highly trained experts. All design and service work is independently certified to ISO Quality Management System.