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Hitachi rigid dump truck with trolley line. Image: ABB

ABB and Hitachi Construction Machinery have teamed up to develop a zero-emission battery electric rigid dump truck that features in-motion charging.

The dump truck will draw power needed from overhead catenary while also charging through the on-board energy storage system.

It will feature ABB’s energy storage systems to reduce its curb weight and lifecycle costs, and it’s in-motion charging is expected to ramp up productivity and efficiency for the electric vehicle.

The truck’s regenerative braking capabilities can convert mechanical energy into usable electric energy to recharge its batteries.

According to ABB motion traction division president Edgar Keller, the new truck will allow mining companies to reach their sustainability targets.

“We are honoured to collaborate with Hitachi Construction Machinery combining extensive industry expertise and innovative technologies to improve efficiency and accelerate the transition to all-electric mine operations”, he said.

“By co-creating solutions, we can help mine operators achieve their production and sustainability goals.”

The electric dump truck marks the first collaboration between Hitachi Construction Machinery and ABB after the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding in March 2021.

“The strengths and knowledge of both companies will be utilized to realize the early development of battery electric rigid dump trucks,” Hitachi Construction Machinery senior vice president and executive officer Sonosuke Ishii said.

“In addition, ABB’s energy storage solutions can also be used for static charging dump trucks and the technology is ready for future fuel cell electric vehicles.

“Both companies will continue with the development while looking ahead to the future.”

The companies hope to electrify mining machinery to reduce carbon emissions while retaining the performance of its machines.