EACON in 17-day auto-fleet rollout

Staff reporter

China’s EACON Mining says it has achieved an autonomous mine-truck fleet rollout in only 17 days.

The company, which has raised about US$100 million of equity funding in the past year, said this week it had deployed 13 hybrid 90-ton-payload and 10 diesel 70t trucks at the Shitoumei coal mine in northwest China.

“As of March 9, Eacon has deployed the entire autonomous fleet at Shitoumei coal mine within 17 days, from initial set-up to full operation, without safety drivers,” EACON said.

“All trucks were mobilised by EACON from other projects.

“Both models were equipped with EACON drive-by-wire systems and ORCASTRA Pilot, EACON’s autonomous driving system.”

EACON said Shitoumei was its sixth autonomous haulage system contract. More than 250 of its EL100, 90t hybrid trucks had covered 7.4 million kilometres autonomously.

“In the coal mine overburden removal sector, EACON’s AHS solution has matured significantly, enabling rapid deployment in similar scenarios and significantly reducing the time and cost of implementing an autonomous haulage solution,” EACON Mining Australia chief operating officer Elaine Jin said.

“Building on the foundation laid in coal mines, EACON will extend its AHS solution to metal mines, including gold and iron mines, in 2024.”


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