Tata Steel BSL has introduced six electric cars in its fleet of vehicles at its plant in Dhenkanal, Odisha. These are the first commercial electric cars deployed, and registered for commercial use, in the state. According to the company, this is part of the company’s effort to promote green drive and clean energy.

Dr Anup Mallick, regional officer, Angul Division, Odisha State Pollution Control Board, and Subodh Pandey, COO, Tata Steel BSL, formally flagged off two of the six Tata Tigor EV cars. These cars have a fast charging time (0%–80% with 15 kW charger, in two hours) and a certified full-charge range of 213 km as per the information from the manufacturer.

Speaking on the initiative, Subodh Pandey said, ‘This is part of the sustainable journey of Tata Steel BSL, which has been striving to reduce its water and power consumption, CO2 emission, promote cleaner air and scientific management of solid waste, etc. Going forward, in a phased manner we would like to slowly replace more company vehicles with electric cars.’

CB’s questions on the future expansion plans for the EV cars and how much cleaner and environmentally friendly such cars are compared to the regular ones are yet to be answered.