Teck to pilot electric transport truck with MEDATech ALTDRIVE battery technology at its Highland Valley Copper Operations

Published by Paul Moore on February 15, 2022

Teck Resources Ltd and MEDATech have officially announced the pilot of an all-electric truck to transport copper concentrate, making it the world’s first to use an electric truck with a rechargeable battery to transport copper concentrate. The truck will travel between Teck’s Highland Valley Copper Operations (HVC) in south-central British Columbia (British Columbia) and a railway loading point in Ashcroft, British Columbia.

This MEDATech ALTDRIVE pilot with a Western Star all-wheel drive engine will help achieve the Tech’s goal of displacing the equivalent of 1,000 internal combustion vehicles (ICEs) by 2025. It will also provide valuable research for the electrification of Teka’s fleet on track to achieve the company’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 33% by 2030 and becoming a carbon-neutral operator by 2050.

“Testing and implementing new electric vehicle technologies is one of the ways we are taking concrete steps toward our goal of being carbon-neutral in our operations,” said Don Lindsay, President and CEO of Teck. “Teck is already one of the world’s lowest producers of copper, zinc and steel, which are key materials for the transition to low carbon, and we are committed to further reducing the carbon intensity of our operations to support a cleaner future.”

The experiment is expected to begin in the summer of 2022 and is projected to emit 418 tonnes of CO2 annually – equivalent to about 90 passenger cars – for the first pilot car, as well as reduce costs by saving fuel and maintenance.

“The all-electric ALTDRIVE system is designed for this HVC cycle, which requires a vehicle weighing 65,000 kg with cargo, 25,000 kg without loading and performing the same four to five 95-kilometer round-trip trips every weekday,” he says. Robert Renny, President of MEDATech. . “As the truck’s batteries will be charged on descent through regenerative braking, the installation will only require a short recharge of the battery at the Ashcroft railway terminal in British Columbia, so the cycle time will be the same as a conventional truck.”

The battery-electric drive system is expected to run more efficiently than a comparable diesel engine, delivering a constant 620 kW (approximately 830 horsepower) and tuned for continuous delivery of almost twice the torque. This pilot project is based on Teck’s initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including a recently announced agreement to deploy 30 large Caterpillar zero-emission dump trucks at steel plants in the Elk Valley.

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