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TRUCK: Artisan delivers first 40-tonne battery-powered hauler



The all-new Artisan Z40, 40-tonne underground haul truck has almost twice the peak horsepower of a comparable diesel machine.

KIRKLAND LAKE, Ont. – It was one year ago that Artisan put the mining industry on notice that times are changing with the launch of the first ever battery powered loader built from the ground up around lithium battery technology (the 1 5 3 ). Today Artisan showed the world that battery power is not just a promising experiment, but a powerhouse technology that promises to change the mining industry forever.

On March 5, 2018, at its new facility in Kirkland Lake, Artisan’s top executives joined together with top executives from Kirkland Lake Gold and community leaders from Kirkland Lake to celebrate the launch of the first ever all battery powered 40-tonne underground haul truck.

“It’s been a busy year for Artisan” said Mike Kasaba, Artisan’s CEO. “We are astonished and thankful for the reception we have received both locally and throughout the mining industry. It’s clear that the mining industry is ready for the transformation that we are enabling.”

The Z40 40-tonne underground haul truck is not only zero emission, but also has the smallest footprint of any 40-tonne truck on the market. Enabled by Artisan’s extremely high powered electric powertrain system, the Z40 can operate in spaces designed for much smaller trucks.

“The Z40 is a game changer for our Macassa mine site” said Tony Makuch, CEO of Kirkland Lake Gold. “Being able to haul significantly more ore in each truckload means more production with a smaller truck fleet. This truck is a critical part of our expansion plans here in Kirkland Lake.”

The Z40 haul truck ushers in a new era in underground hard rock mining. With its Artisan all-electric battery powered drive system, the Z40 has almost twice the peak horsepower of a comparable diesel machine. It is the smallest 40-tonne truck on the market. It produces zero poisonous diesel emissions and it generates only one-eighth of the heat of its diesel equivalent.

Artisan has optimized the recharging process to ensure that the Z40 will outperform its rivals on tonnes hauled per day. The Z40 reduces demand on the mine’s ventilation and cooling systems. It enables deep mining. It improves working conditions and creates a healthier environment for everyone underground.

Artisan’s underground mining loaders and haul trucks are designed from the ground up to include the best thinking in vehicle engineering and to maximize the performance of its high powered, highly reliable, field proven battery electric powertrains.

Artisan is headquartered in California, the heart of electric vehicle technology. The new Canadian location in Kirkland Lake will soon grow into an expansive center of excellence including a vehicle assembly plant, parts and service distribution center, and a technology education program for our customers and other mining industry professionals.

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