Recognising the need for efficient and environmentally responsible haul trucks, FLANDERS has developed what it says is a game-changing innovation: the FREEDOM Drive System.
With its exceptional flexibility and OEM independence, this ground-breaking technology is poised to transform the haul truck industry, according to the company.
The FREEDOM Drive System is a modular, retrofit drive system designed to enhance the capabilities of existing haul trucks, regardless of the OEM. It is equipped to receive power input from multiple sources, including combustion engines, batteries, hybrids, trolley systems and hydrogen fuel cells. This adaptability allows mining companies to choose the most suitable and eco-friendly power source for their specific operational needs.
The key strength of the FREEDOM Drive System lies in its modularity, FLANDERS says. The system’s patent-pending design enables easy retrofitting into any OEM chassis without requiring extensive modifications or replacements. As emissions reduction technology evolves and matures, this modular approach ensures companies can continuously upgrade and adapt their haul truck fleets to meet the latest environmental standards without investing in entirely new vehicles.
The modular nature of the drive cabinet is another standout feature, allowing the system to be tailored to meet each client’s specific needs to progress at their preferred pace while effectively reducing their carbon footprint.
“This cost-effective solution allows businesses to retrofit their existing haul truck fleet with the FREEDOM Drive Cabinet, avoiding the hefty investment of acquiring brand-new vehicles,” the company says. “Furthermore, FLANDERS understands that solutions must be technically advanced and capable of withstanding the demanding conditions of mining operations. The FREEDOM Truck Drive System is designed to be miner-proof, ensuring its reliability and durability even in the harshest environments.”
In addition, the drive system also offers a complementary hybrid mechanical truck upgrade. This combines the drive system with a specially designed electric motor, with the upgrade introducing decarbonisation capabilities to mechanical haul trucks, enhancing their productivity while reducing emissions.
FLANDERS concluded: “The FLANDERS FREEDOM Drive System goes beyond a mere technical solution; it represents a comprehensive and strategic approach to haul truck decarbonisation. By enabling carbon reduction without purchasing new trucks, ensuring the reliability of mining operations, and offering a modular, customisable journey to sustainability, FLANDERS delivers an elegant and future-proof system for mining and construction companies looking to build a greener and more efficient fleet.”