Komatsu’s GHG Alliance members learn about progress toward zero-emissions goals

Three members of Komatsu’s GHG Alliance watch a battery-powered Komatsu haul truck

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Komatsu’s GHG Alliance members learn about progress toward zero-emissions goals

At a recent event at Komatsu’s Arizona Proving Grounds, the company showcased the progress of its EVX battery-powered haul truck for members of its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Alliance. Members had the opportunity to directly observe advancements made over the past year related to the performance and sizing of batteries, engage in a discussion on recent progress within the regulatory environment, and learn how Komatsu plans to leverage the company’s trolley system to advance understanding of battery truck performance in a dynamic charging environment. Specifically, members saw the upgraded EVX truck running on battery, static charging of the battery with the truck hooked up to the trolley line via pantograph, and the truck operating on the trolley line — highlighting the battery being charged without having to stop the truck.

Three people in Komatsu lanyards and vests look on as a Komatsu Haul Truck drives by
Members of Komatsu’s Greenhouse Gas Alliance watch a battery-powered haul truck during an event at Komatsu’s Arizona Proving Grounds. The event highlighted advancements in the performance and sizing of batteries, and included other information and insight related to the goal of delivering solutions for zero-emissions equipment.

Minimizing impact

Komatsu created the GHG Alliance to bring together mining industry leaders that share a goal of delivering zero-emissions equipment solutions. Members have been collaborating to advance Komatsu’s concept of a power agnostic truck — a haulage vehicle that can run on a variety of power sources, including a diesel engine, or battery and hydrogen fuel cells with both static and dynamic charging capabilities. Membership of Komatsu’s GHG Alliance has grown steadily and now includes nearly a dozen companies.

“The past year has been filled with collaborative efforts between alliance members, technology partners and other industry stakeholders dedicated to achieving our common goals of delivering zero-emissions solutions to the mining industry,” said Komatsu’s Pat Singleton, Product Director for Electric Drive Trucks. “Bringing our alliance members together enabled them to experience the substantive continuation of the journey we first shared at MINExpo 2021, as we have advanced our understanding and development of this critical technology.”

Komatsu is committed to minimizing environmental impact through its business. The company has targeted a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions from use of its products and production of its equipment by 2030 (compared to 2010 levels) and set a challenge target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.