The company had signed MoUs with Epiroc and Normet for introducing India’s First Electric Vehicles in Underground Mines
Making their way to replace diesel & fossil-fuel based vehicles at Hindustan Zinc’s mining locations will be state-of-the-art zero emission electric vehicles. Hindustan Zinc, India’s only and among world’s leading integrated zinc-lead-silver producer, is jumping onto the EV revolution, steadily shifting to electric vehicles for both underground operations and surface mobility for employees. The company recently added to its fleet of electric vehicles, including electric scooters for security staff, passenger EVs at locations, and underground service EV for mines. All these vehicles are in addition to the MoUs that Hindustan Zinc has already signed to introduce BEVs in underground mining operations.
“Our decarbonization journey is not only substituting underground frontline vehicles with electric alternatives but also making this shift in service vehicles, LMVs, and passenger vehicles across our locations. Our aim is that in the next five years’ time all machines due replacement are only replaced with battery-operated vehicles to realise our vision of zero emission and carbon free mining,” said Mr Arun Misra, CEO – Hindustan Zinc.
In a pioneering move to decarbonise Indian Mining, Hindustan Zinc signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last year with Normet Group Oy and Epiroc Rock Drills AB to introduce battery electric vehicles across its underground mines in Rajasthan.
The company is on an ambitious sustainability journey, led by its Sustainability Goals 2025 and driven by the vision of ‘ZERO HARM, ZERO WASTE, ZERO DISCHARGE.’ In this ESG journey, HZL has planned to invest $1bn to go green in the next five years while continuously leading decarbonisation practices. Hindustan Zinc’s commitment to ESG and sustainable reporting practices have also earned them 5th rank globally in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2021 among Metal and Mining companies.