Editor’s note: Consider that the Chevy Bolt carries a 60 kWh battery. So the 350-kWh battery, considered on the lower end for these heavier duty vehicles, is a bit less than six times that for an electric car. That also means the demand for electric power could explode as the EV market grows to include more than simple people movers, which is good news for wind farms and utilities that should be buying power from them.
Electric vehicles for construction, agriculture and mining will be an $87 billion market in 2028. Komatsu, John Deere, Caterpillar, and others manufacture the big vehicles – mainly hybrid – while other manufacturers offer smaller, pure-electric versions.
Pure electric is a legal requirement indoors. Outdoors, fuel saving and better performance attract potential buyers. Cranes and man lifters have many applications. Their production volumes are larger than most people realize. So it is with the electric versions set for over 164,000 to be sold in 2028.
This is an industry about to change radically. For example, in mining, over 90% of the world’s mines are open cast. They are often in remote places up to 4,000 meters above sea level, where shipping diesel can cost more than buying it. Consequently, there is now a move to have 350 kW giant haul trucks working the floor and separately the top of the mine with electric rail-veyors lifting the ore from bottom to top. In an all-electric solution new pollution laws can be met, image improved and money saved, the electricity coming from the mine’s own wind turbines and photovoltaics. Battery swapping and fast charging of those batteries mean 350-kWh batteries suffice – big but no larger than those in other EV sectors.
The report from IDTechEx, Electric Vehicles for Construction, Agriculture and Mining 2018-2028, explains all this and gives detailed forecasts, comparisons and assessments. It shows how mines will electrify much more but only after the current bust period of the boom-and-bust that characterizes this industry. It shows why the ubiquitous tractor in agriculture will, at last, be electric in volume quantities by 2028 and how new forms of vehicle design are coming. Benchmarking from the 46 categories of electric vehicle that IDTechEx forecasts, the report explains what new technologies will arrive and why. Supercapacitors, new power components, greater modularization, and integration will transform this industry. The report draws on interviews and results of many recent conferences on these sectors.