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First ever battery-electric surface drill rig field tested in Swedish quarry

Epiroc has entered an agreement with Skanska Industrial Solutions AB to trial the first ever tophammer battery-electric rig in Sweden. This trial marks a significant milestone in the journey towards zero emissions drilling in surface mines and quarries all over the world.

“This is a proud day. For many years we have been leading the development in lowering fuel consumption within tophammer drilling. With this new solution we are taking a giant leap in the low emissions field – we are practically removing emissions from the actual drilling process, “says Ulf Gyllander, Product Manager tophammer drill rigs, Epiroc Surface division.

The design of the rig is based on the well-proven SmartROC T35 surface drill rig. In combination with invaluable experience gained from the development of Epiroc underground battery rigs, this SmartROC T35 E is designed to enhance the environmental standards of quarries and larger construction sites. Besides the low emissions, this rig comes with a range of smart features, options and enhanced automation solutions for high safety, reliability, and performance.

Read the full press release here.