HZL will introduce utility electric vehicles in underground mines

Hindustan Zinc will become the first mining company in India to introduce utility electric vehicles in underground mines

Hindustan Zinc signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Finnish technology firm Normet Group Oy to introduce battery-powered service equipment and utility vehicle in underground mining. Taking a step closer to achieving carbon neutrality, Hindustan Zinc is set to introduce Normet SmartDrive Vehicles (NSDVs) in their underground mines, enabling the mine operations to become more environment friendly and sustainable.

This is the first of its kind initiative that has been taken up in India in the mining sector. HZL is deploying transformational and sustainable technology in mining. It has taken another decisive step for their sustainable and smart operations in an operational field dominated by legacy technologies. This partnership is a testament to the focus of Hindustan Zinc on driving the green economy by reiterating its commitment to environmental solutions. It will help HZL achieve its Sustainable Development Goal (SGD) of 0.5mn tCO2e reduction by 2025 by attaining zero noise pollution, zero harm to the environment and zero carbon emission.

Commenting on the MoU, Arun Misra, CEO, Hindustan Zinc said, “At Hindustan Zinc, we have always prioritised innovating and implementing environment-friendly solutions as our commitment to sustainable business and now towards the Race to Net Zero. Our partnership with Normet reinforces our commitment to sustainable operations for a greener tomorrow by helping us achieve our Sustainability Development Goal of reducing carbon emissions. We believe the introduction of Battery Electric Vehicle in underground mining will be a game-changer for the industry and a big leap by India towards Responsible Mining.”

Subhasis Mohanty, Vice President, India Sales Area and MD Normet India said, “At Normet, our mission is to bring transformation in sustainable underground mining. It is our constant effort to increase the safety levels underground and improve productivity while designing solutions for sustainable operations. Our partnership with Hindustan Zinc for the Normet SmartDrive Vehicles is a step on our collective journey for safe, sustainable and green mining.”

Hindustan Zinc and Normet Group Oy, both share the common values of safety, sustainability, innovation, and technology as an integral part of running operations. This is a strong foundation that lends itself strongly in line with the global trend of industrial activities moving towards building sustainable partnerships that bring efficiency and expertise to their businesses. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) makes Hindustan Zinc become the first mining company in India to deploy Battery Electric Utility Vehicles in underground mining.

Sustainable development is an integral part of Hindustan Zinc’s business philosophy and the company’s COO Mines, Praveen Sharma emphasised that this partnership with Normet will further its efforts towards responsible mining and that the company is thrilled to introduce India’s first battery electric utility vehicles in underground mines on the road towards a greener future.

The Normet SmartDrive EV will significantly help HZL in saving a huge amount in HSD (High Speed Diesel) and its maintenance. For instance, a Normet machine consumes 15-17 litres of HSD per hour. The average life cycle for these vehicles operated on HSD are 20,000 hours. By substituting these HSD vehicles with Normet SmartDrive battery operated vehicles, around 3 lakh litres of High Speed Diesel can be saved per vehicle. In total, by substituting 3 SmartDrive EV’s for HSD vehicles, almost 10 lakh litres of fuel can be saved.

Earlier this year, Hindustan Zinc had also signed an MoU with Epiroc Rock Drills AB to introduce frontline fleet of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) in their underground mines.

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