Battery electric loaders
- Dimensions (LxWxH)
- 12000 / 3000 / 2500 mm
- 18,000 kg
- Bucket range
- 6.3 - 8.6 m³
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.
High-power electric drive line
LH518B battery loader is unrestrained by mine ventilation limitations, it can use the most powerful electric motors available. The loader delivers 600 kW of electric drivetrain power for quick acceleration, fast ramp speeds and efficient bucket filling with 6000 Nm total torque output.
Patented AutoSwap and AutoConnect systems
LH518B features the patented AutoSwap and AutoConnect self-swapping systems for the Artisan® battery pack. Battery swaps can be done in less than five minutes, with the operator able to stay in the cabin. This, along with no need for additional large scale infrastructure, enhances safety and productivity underground.
Zero underground exhaust emissions
The proven lithium-iron phosphate battery chemistry ensures zero underground exhaust emissions and minimal heat. It supports sustainability goals by reducing CO2 emissions and lowering ventilation needs.
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.
MCS units are uniform in size, enabling flexible and organized placement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."