Artisan has designed the 153 around its cutting edge electric powertrain, battery, and advanced operator control system. The 153 is smaller in all dimensions than a comparable diesel loader, but has 300% of the power. It loads quicker, hauls up steep grades faster, and is more precise and responsive to operator commands. Operators prefer our battery powered units over diesel because of their higher productivity, more tons moved per shift, zero diesel emissions, extremely low heat, and quiet operation. Moreover, the total cost of ownership is comparable, and in many cases lower, than diesel.
"We are very excited about working with Hecla. Our mission is to increase their production and decrease their costs," said Mike Kasaba, CEO of Artisan. "Of course, battery power saves on ventilation and cooling expenses, but we expect much more from our machines. We are determined to beat diesel equipment on every key performance indicator. Power, productivity, drivability, reliability, and total cost of ownership. Diesel's days are numbered in underground mines and we are doing everything we can to finish it off."
Based in California, the heart of electric vehicle technology, Artisan Vehicle Systems Inc. is an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of zero emission battery powered mining vehicles. Its core technology is its proprietary battery packs, electric motors, power electronics, software and control systems. Artisan's underground mining machines are designed from the ground up around our high powered, highly reliable, field proven battery electric powertrains.
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