Advances in Battery Electric Power for Mining Machinery Propulsion

Tuesday November 14th 2017 - 7:00pm Sharp


Location: Magna International R&D, 375 Magna Dr, Aurora, ON L4G 7L6

Fee: No Charge 


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Going diesel-free is an ambitious goal. A typical mine can have dozens of diesel engines across its heavy equipment fleet. Going electric means enormous upfront costs, and massive retraining. It means turning away from an entire industry that exists to maintain and replace machines on demand. Most of all, it means embracing the reality that until recently, the technology to create a diesel-free mine was barely a realistic possibility. So why do it?


Our speaker, David Francis Lyon, a BEV and mining equipment enthusiast will describe how going electric is possible and more importantly profitable for the mining industry. He’ll focus on the technology of today and on how he and his team intend to conquer converting a 200,000 pound haul truck to all electric. He will tackle everything from fast charging concepts to temperature management of Li-Ion batteries.

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David Francis Lyon, P.Eng., is the Business Development Manager at MEDATECH Engineering, aka the "Tesla" of Industrial and Mining Equipment. David has spent his entire career developing and fixing prototype mining equipment and has years of valuable international project experience in the Americas, Asia, and Africa (Read: Peru, Suriname, Kazakhstan, China, Zambia, Mexico, & Brazil). Today he is educating the Mining and Construction industry on the benefits of BEV’s and showing the on-highway market how the technology can be used on equipment with similar power requirements such as garbage trucks, city buses and rail. David is a 2007 graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Western University.



The event is at no charge to PEO Chapter and SAE Central Ontario members. Networking with other engineers is encouraged! 


Soeren Striepe, P.Eng., PhD
SAE Central Ontario Section
Education Director

Rick Vender, P.Eng.
Program Director – PEO York Chapter
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