German equipment maker GHH has delivered its first Tembo 4X4 ELV light duty full electric vehicle to India’s only zinc-lead-silver producer Hindustan Zinc.
The miner, which is increasingly electrifying its fleet, celebrated the arrival in mid-March, GHH said on 7 April. It is the first customer in India for the vehicles, which will be used for personnel transport.
The design of the Tembo 4x4 ELV is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser and Hilux models, the most used vehicles in their class in mines, GHH noted. It comes from Dutch manufacturer Tembo e-LV, part of the Vivopower Group and distributed by GHH.
The line ranges from a classic pickup to a station wagon, and its newest model has 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,” GHH said of the vehicles.
Additionally, the battery charge can boost from 20% to 80% in 2.5 hours with a single-phase charger. With a 3-phase charger, that time is reduced to only one hour. One charge is enough for up to 200 km.
The vehicle reaches a top speed of 80 kilometres per hour and can climb gradients of up to 45 degrees. Air conditioning and heating are standard.
“The time of diesel engines with their negative impact on project costs (weathering) and the health of employees is inevitably coming to an end,” GHH pointed out. “Tembo has been on the market since 2016. The technology is reliable.”