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World’s Largest Truck is a Frankenstein of a Monster

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GVW BelAZ 75710 from Cleantechnica.com
GVW BelAZ 75710 from Cleantechnica.com

The world’s largest truck is a monster of a contraption. It’s 20.6 meters (60.6 feet) long, 8.16 meters (26.8 feet) high and 9.87 meters (32.4 feet) wide. Tipping the scales at 360MT, the BelAZ 75710 carries a 450MT payload, a hundred tons heavier than that of the previous world’s largest truck, the Terex MT 6300AC, with a 363 MT capacity. That’s as heavy as the world’s largest aircraft, the Airbus A380, fully loaded!

The truck is unusual because it uses a four wheel drive and four wheel hydraulic steering. This is made possible because like another monster, Frankenstein, it uses electricity. The BelAZ 75710 has four Siemens MMT500 electric motors, not only giving it extraordinary flexibility, but enormous power as well, each providing 1,200 kW.

The truck has started doing its dirty business in a Siberian mine in the Kuzbass region of Russia. It has eight 59/80 R63 wheels so that each tire carries a hundred tons each.

The downside is that it uses two diesel engines to produce the electricity needed to run the electric motors. With all the developments being made in battery and supercapacitor technology, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine a day when these beasts will come to life with a single electric jolt.

Hopefully soon, as well, these monster trucks will be put into commission for recycling or even relief work.

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