If you think an electric Hummer as owned by film star and EV advocate Arnold Schwarzenegger is the bees knees when it comes to massive electric vehicles, think again.
An electric mining dumper made by Kuhn Schweiz AG smashes any such preconceptions, and not only in its enormous 111 tonne bulk.
The specifications of the converted Komatsu eDumper to make it fully electric include a massive 600kWh battery that alone weighs 4.5 tonnes.
Capable of transporting up to 65 tonnes of lime at a time, the mining vehicle uses the battery to get up the uphill leg, and like other electric vehicles uses regenerative braking to recover energy on its downwards leg.
The heavier the load, the more power is recovered.