“Gas engines are our future”
Posted on 11 April 2016 by Lucie Maluck, Images by Robert Hack
Alexander Egorov, General Designer and Head of the Center for Research and Development at Belaz, talks about the haul trucks of the future.
Are you considering using hybrid drive systems?
No. Studies have already shown that hybrid drives have no future in the mining industry. The drive system takes up too much room and that means we have less space for the payload. Gas engines are a better alternative for us.
If you look a little further ahead – to the year 2050, for example – how do you envision the haul trucks you might be building then?
It is every R&D engineer’s dream to be able to exclude every single fault that might possibly come up during vehicle operation. But the biggest source of faults is obviously human error. That is why it is our aim to build vehicles that don’t need drivers. They could be remote-controlled or they could even operate completely independently.
Where do you see the biggest markets for Belaz in the future?
Our primary aim is to secure our existing markets – Russia, the other CIS states, Africa and the Middle East. North and South America are both promising target markets for the future. I would also be very pleased to see Belaz haul trucks operating at oil-sand mining sites in Canada at some time in the future.