Cement major Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited (DCBL) has announced the launch of its e-Truck initiative in India to accelerate its sustainability goal of lowering carbon emissions as well as to optimise the overall logistics cost.
Dalmia Cement has introduced its new EV truck fleet to transport slag, a major raw material for cement manufacturing, from the facility of Steel Authority of India Limited at Rourkela to its cement manufacturing unit in Rajgangpur.
Mahendra Singhi, Managing Director and CEO, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited, said. “Achieving environmental sustainability has always been a priority for us at DCBL from a business and a social standpoint. DCBL has always led the agenda of creating a holistic business ecosystem that encourages sustainable growth. By introducing our electric vehicle (EV) fleets nationally in partnership with SAIL, we are confident we will be able to achieve our sustainability goals of becoming carbon negative by 2040.”
Two of the proposed 22 High Capacity Electric trucks have been put on track and the next 20 will be put to use before the end of FY’22, the company said in a statement.
IPL Tech, India’s first manufacturer of high-capacity trucks, has been commissioned by DCBL to provide the EVs.
The company has also commissioned two charging stations at its Rajgangpur unit. It will install three more charging stations by March’22, the release added.
Chetan Shrivastav, Executive Director, DCBL and Unit Head - Rajgangpur, said, “As India’s pioneer in green cement manufacturing, we are making concrete efforts to introduce innovative solutions that promote sustainable transport as well as increase the decarbonisation of our fleet. We are confident that our commitment to walk the green path will pave the way for smarter transport that optimises energy use.” (MT)