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Battery electric loaders


Dimensions (LxWxH)
12000 / 3000 / 2500 mm
18,000 kg
Bucket range
6.3 - 8.6 m³
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Sandvik LH518B is an 18-ton battery-electric loader. Fully designed around its lithium-iron phosphate battery and electric driveline, its smaller rear tires allow it to fit 4.5 x 4.5 m tunnels while maintaining enhanced visibility and a high payload capacity.


Product specifications

Dimensions (LxWxH)
12000 / 3000 / 2500 mm
18,000 kg
Bucket range
6.3 - 8.6 m³
Maximum tramming capacity
18,000 kg
Standard bucket size
7 m³
Bucket motion times
Raising time: 8.3 sec, lowering time: 4.3 sec, dumping time: 2.0 sec
Hydraulics: description
Oil flow from steering hydraulic pump is directed to bucket hydraulics when steering is not used. Two similar pump units can deliver oil to steering/bucket. Depends on flow request and if one or two pumps are used. Automatic brake activation Door interlock for brakes and booms, bucket and steering hydraulics Electric filling pump for hydraulic oil Load-sensing hydraulic system with piston pumps MSHA approved hoses ORFS fittings
Steering hydraulics: main valve
Open circuit type, LS controlled
Bucket hydraulics: boom system
Bucket hydraulics: dump cylinder
220 mm, 1pc
Traction motor count
Continuous power output
180 kW each
Aux motors (rated power)
100 kW each

OPERATIONAL CONDITIONS AND LIMITS: If conditions are not within these limits, contact your Sandvik representative

  • Mobile Charging Station

    Sandvik Mobile Charging Stations allow battery changes in about three minutes with AutoSwap and AutoConnect. The charging and cooling units are the same size, allowing for a variety of configurations to fit any mine. This makes it easy to relocate and handle multiple operations simultaneously. 

    Rapid battery changes

    Batteries are swapped quickly, without needing overhead cranes or forklifts. The operator drives to the swapping bay, lowers the depleted battery and retrieves a fully charged one. AutoSwap and AutoConnect mean there’s no need to leave the cabin.  

    Mobile recharging station 

    Charging depleted batteries requires the mobile charging station (MCS) and a connection to the mine electric grid. Use the same station to recharge any Sandvik-branded BEV loader or truck.  

    Easy organization 

    MCS units are uniform in size, enabling flexible and organized placement. 

    Fuss-free handling 

    Move the charging and cooling units with a forklift, with recommended lifting directions from front to back. Side pockets facilitate forklift handling and aid in turning and adjusting unit positions. Hoisting brackets in each corner provide additional lifting options. 

    Download Mobile charging station brochure (PDF) Link to download Mobile charging station brochure (PDF)

  • Battery As A Service

    Sandvik Battery As A Service (BAAS) helps you shift to battery power by retaining ownership of the battery packs, chargers, spare parts and any needed maintenance. Each program is tailored to the needs of your fleet, mine design and cycle duties.

    Retained ownership 

    As the owners of the batteries and chargers, Sandvik assumes responsibility for their maintenance and assures availability of stock. You receive expert help to ensure your batteries remain in optimal condition. At the end of their lifespan, Sandvik will repurpose or recycle them responsibly. 

    In-house battery production 

    Sandvik designs and assembles its battery system in-house, with full control over research and development, enabling rapid response to customer requests, aftermarket needs and product upgrades.  

    Lithium-iron phosphate chemistry 

    Sandvik BEVs use a lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4 or LFP) battery chemistry. LFP batteries have a longer lifetime than the more commonly used cobalt-based lithium-ion chemistry. LFP cell temperature rises occur at a lower rate than other chemistries for enhanced safety.  

    Extensive testing

    Our BEVs are the result of over 15 years of battery design. We put batteries through extensive field testing in underground hard rock mines and have a test track that simulates mining conditions. 

    Download Battery as a service brochure (PDF) Download Battery as a service brochure (PDF)


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More productive, powerful and better for workers' health

"Every mine has a capital purchase or a maintenance replacement coming up in the next few years, and they would be missing out if they decided not to investigate or pursue battery-electric technology."