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Miller Technology has launched a new, battery electric low-profile grader for underground mining. The company has said that customer response and trials at the bauma trade show in Munich, Germany were positive.  

“This is another great day for Miller, for North Bay, for northern Ontario and for Canada as we continue to roll out more battery electric vehicles for mining,” said Dan Bachand, the CEO of Miller. “We also want to recognize and thank the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for its funding support of the E-Grader.” 

Miller’s E-Grader was built by retrofitting an HBM-Novas 110-M low profile grader with Miller’s patented powered by Ionic drive system. 

Member of Parliament for Nipissing—Timiskaming, Anthony Rota, also adds that “Miller Technology’s battery electric grader is a further example of how Canada is leading the world in green technology, reducing operating costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and most importantly improving employee health”, said Anthony Rota. “We are proud to see them serve the world from North Bay in the riding of Nipissing-Timiskaming.” 

The federal government has recently announced their fall economic statement that will introduce a refundable tax credit of 30% of the capital cost of investments in several clean technology items. This includes hydrogen or electric heavy-duty equipment used in construction or mining that are zero-emission or can be charged or refueled remotely. 

“A 30% tax credit will assist our customers with their purchases of the higher cost BEVs and help speed up the electrification of mining utility vehicles and Miller will be right there for them with reliable mining BEVs” said Bachand. 

The E-Grader is currently being “checked out” in Germany by international customers who attended the BAUMA trade show, according to the company. The E-Grader is meant to be returning to Canada from January 2023 onwards for North American customer visits.