Hindustan Zinc presented the electric multi-purpose vehicle during the Iconic Week Celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to honour the country's 75 years of Independence. The CEO of Hindustan Zinc, Arun Misra along with government officials from the mining department, introduced the new vehicle for passenger movement in the mines.
The Tembo 4x4 ELV is based on the proven Toyota Land Cruiser and Hilux models. It comes from the Dutch manufacturer Tembo e-LV. Part of the larger Vivopower Group, and is distributed in large parts of the world by GHH, the German manufacturer of construction and mining equipment. The versions range from the classic pickup to the station wagon. The new model comes with an extra-large cabin for up to 10 people.
The latest versions of these vehicles are equipped with an electric motor with 65 kW and 250 Nm torque, a 1:3 gearbox and a powerful 72 kWh battery. This is designed for at least 10 years or 8,000 charging cycles. The battery is charged from 20 to 80 per cent in two and a half hours with a single-phase charger. With a 3-phase charger, this time is reduced to only one hour. No external infrastructure is required for operation, as the charging technology is integrated. The vehicle reaches a top speed of 80 km/h and can climb gradients of up to 45 degrees. Air conditioning and heating are standard. One charge is enough for up to 200 km.
Other advantages include low direct operating costs, higher reliability and the light weight of the vehicle.