Caterpillar has announced it will develop a new Unit Rig mining truck.
According to the company it is part of its ongoing investment in the Unit Rig line following its acquisition of Bucyrus last year.
At the time Cat's resources division marketing manager Tony Johnson told Australian Mining that despite the merger it would be "keeping the Unit Rig electric drive trucks due to their strong market presence and history in the industry".
Unit Rig technology will also find its way into Cat trucks as well, surface mining trucks manager Ed McCord stating: "the merger of these companies is a two way street, as we can capitalise on each other's knowledge."
It will also look "to insource as many Cat components as possible into the new products, but we won't simply jam a Cat engine into a Terex machine because it's there."
These new trucks are a merger of the technology, integrating Cat C175-16 engines and Cat 360T AC electric drive systems within the Unit Rig MT Series trucks.
Dubbed the MT5300D AC, these new trucks fit in the company's truck line between the 227 tonne 793 F and the 327 tonne 795F AC.
It has a planned payload of 290 tonnes, and a net power of 2050kW.
While Cat has not set a defined date for its launch in Australia, it is currently undergoing site testing at its proving grounds in Arizona, U.S.