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Autonomous trucks at ioneer lithium mine

Rhyolite to be first new US mine with self-driving Cat trucks Metal Tech News - September 15, 2022

 

Last updated 9/20/2022 at 2:12pm

Cat 785 mining haul truck dumping material at a mine site.

Caterpillar Inc.

Caterpillar will supply ioneer with a fleet of Cat 785 Next Gen autonomous mining trucks to haul material at the Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron mine to be developed in Nevada.

Enormous 140-metric-ton autonomous Cat trucks loaded with lithium-boron ore will be driving themselves around on the very first day of operations at ioneer Ltd.'s Rhyolite Ridge project in Nevada.

Slated to begin operations in 2024, the Rhyolite Ridge Mine is expected to produce an average of 20,600 metric tons of lithium carbonate and 174,400 metric tons of boric acid annually for 26 years.

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