North Bay’s Miller Technology says the launch of their new battery electric E-Grader underground mining was a success.
The mining utility vehicle manufacturer says customer response and trials of their low-profile grader at the BAUMA trade show in Munich, Germany in late October were extremely positive.
Miller says their E-Grader fills a market gap, noting that historically low-profile graders that are used in underground mining have had diesel engines, which emit greenhouse gas emissions and impair underground air quality.
“This is another great day for Miller, for North Bay, for Northern Ontario and for Canada as we continue to roll out more battery electric vehicles for mining”, says Dan Bachand, the CEO of Miller. “With our original build Relay, BEV conversion kit and now the E-Grader, the Ionic Drive System that Miller has developed has arrived at the top of the battery electric heavy duty-cycle drive systems. I want to thank our team members for their hard work. All of our staff have helped get us to this point.”
Miller says international customers are currently checking out the E-Grader in Germany, with the vehicle returning to Canada early in the new year for North American customer visits in North Bay and Sudbury.
Production is expected to ramp up in Spring 2023.
Funding support for the E-Grader was provided by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.