Regenerative braking allows for the battery to recharge during the braking process by converting mechanical energy into usable electrical energy.
Our battery electric vehicles utilize this feature to control descent speed and reuse the potential energy of their mass to recharge the battery. This contrasts with conventional braking systems, where the excess kinetic and potential energy is lost as heat through traditional friction brakes.
The following presentation was delivered by Brian Huff, CTO Artisan Vehicles, this year at the CIM Conference. It clearly illustrates the benefits of regenerative breaking using the Artisan Z40 Truck on a downward 2 Kilometer haul based on actual recorded vehicle data.
This feature in battery electric vehicles is making the industry rethink their mine designs in order to support this valuable technology. With the right mine design, a battery electric haul truck could potentially operate for multiple shifts on a single charge. This directly translates to productivity and increased revenue for the mine.