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India’s First-Ever Battery-Operated Vehicle To Work Underground 

Modified On Feb 01, 2023 12:26 PMBy Trucksdekho Editorial Team

Hindustan Zinc is the first company among its peers to join the EV revolution, faster-adopting EVs for its underground operations

In a first in India, Hindustan Zinc, a Vedanta group company, introduced Normet Agitator SmartDrive EV, into its underground mining operations. The vehicles also have the advantage of zero-emission in the operating environments, and considerable noise and vibration reduction associated with equipment. In addition to that, BEVs comes with high-efficiency driveline and consumes less kWh/ km compared to diesel ones.

The company will soon expand its BEV fleet with Normet’s Explosive Charger (CHARMEC MC 605 V SD) and Concrete Sprayer (SPRAYMEC MF 050 VC SD). Hindustan Zinc is the first company among its peers to join the EV revolution, steadily switching to electric vehicles for its underground operations. The company has set a target of converting all diesel-run 900-odd mining vehicles into battery-operated ones over the next five years and has earmarked an investment of over USD 1 billion for the same. 

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Hindustan Zinc, together with the Finnish technology company Normet Group Oy, has inducted battery-powered service equipment and utility vehicles into underground mining to help decarbonize and improve environmental sustainability in the mining industry. Each of the Normet SmartDrive EVs is based on a modular Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) architecture that is designed to optimize energy consumption and performance in underground mining, including tunneling applications. The SmartDrive EVs enable higher productivity, lower operating costs, and, most importantly, zero emissions. 

The BEVs have been inducted at the company’s Sindesar Khurd (SK) Mine which is a world-class silver-rich mine with state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities and best-in-class mechanization.

Hindustan Zinc will gain considerable benefits from the adoption of Normet SmartDrive EVs, including significant HSD savings and vehicle maintenance. These SmartDrive electric vehicles are powered by 90kWH lithium-ion batteries and come equipped with myriad advanced technologies such as energy recuperation technology, hydraulic dual-circuit oil-immersed brakes to provide additional braking power, etc. 

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