ETF mining truck

Home / Portfolio / ETF mining truck has been involved in the development of the ETF mining truck since the very start of the project and is responsible for the overall design of the truck, the complete cabin development and the visualisations.
The development of the truck started with a blank sheet of paper which allowed for a radical new concept compared to the competition. Some key targets during development were technical availability, maintenance and safety. For example, we aim to keep the downtime low by swapping major components like engine units, axles, wheels and cabin. These components can be repaired in the workshop while the truck is already on haul again. The complete truck is bolted together and therefore all sub-assemblies can be shipped in standard 40ft containers.

Overall design is mainly responsible for the concept and overall design of the truck. The freedom for design was very limited due to available space and form-follows-function approach. The main target during the design process was to create a strong and well-balanced design from any point of view. The angled surfaces were inspired by stealth planes.

Cabin is also responsible from A to Z for the development of the cabin which included design, component layout, ergonomics, components sourcing and engineering. It is a real challenge to package all the components. The cabin is e.g. equipped with three seats, double steering column, 9 blade wiper system, climate control system, sun blinds, rear view monitors, soundproofing walls and fridge.

Visualisations and calculations

We created a lot of graphics, visuals and animations for ETF to allow them to present their radical new approach and design philosophy in stills and animation.
We also developed calculation software to predict the performance of the truck during hauling. Road profiles can be imported into the software to calculate trip times, required engine power and fuel consumptions.

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