Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) has designed and developed India’s first 205 tonne – Electric Drive Rear Dump Truck, BH205-E. Development of the machine took place at BEML’s Mysuru plant and was flagged off earlier this month.
BEML, a PSU of India’s Defence Ministry, developed the equipment under the ‘Make in India’ initiative to address the growing demand for higher capacity equipments in the mining industry. This particular machine was developed for use in the project of Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL), Singrauli.
NCL’s annual coal production has touched 100 million tonnes from 62 million tonnes. The increasing activities has lead to an increase in demand of high-capacity equipment. Earlier, BEML Mysuru also developed and supplied a 150T payload capacity dump truck, BH150-E, to the South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) for its Gevra project.
“14% of equipment used for mining operations at the NCL were from BEML, Deepak Kumar Hota, chairman and MD, BEML said.
The machine has been developed for large-scale mining operations. Under the hood, a Tier-II emission complaint modular common rail electronic engine with 2300 HP powers the behemoth. Further, according to BEML – “the AC drive system has been engineered to provide exceptional haul road performance with reduced maintenance.”
At maximum load, the hauler weighs in at 335 tonnes. However, with power-steering and a short turning radius – BEML claim the machine is easily manoeuvrable.
Ergonomic designs and tiltable telescopic steering wheels along with provisions for emergency steering, breaking and proximity warning are some of the features that come loaded into the machine.
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