Courtesy of Caterpillar.

Caterpillar’s new underground articulated haul truck, the CAT AD63, has a battery-powered electric HVAC system and an emissions control system to meet regulations and improve underground air quality. While the AD63 has a diesel engine, its emissions control system regulates the use of diesel particulates and meets emissions standards without the need for  diesel exhaust fluid. The truck also has a 63-tonne payload and external displays which provides instant feedback on truck loads which, according to Caterpillar, enables greater efficiency and load optimisation. “The AD63 is designed and built to help miners improve productivity and reduce cost [with] faster cycle times [and] increased tonnes hauled per kilometer per hour,” Nathan Wescombe, hard rock vehicles commercial manager at Caterpillar, told CIM Magazine. “Additionally, increased payload contributes to greater production and lower cost-per-tonne, and low emissions help provide a better working environment underground.” The AD63 will be available in late 2020.