The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has taken delivery of nine electric vehicles to let port workers travel within the container handling areas and cut carbon emissions, becoming the first hub in India to do so.
In a statement, JNPT said the new fleet of electric vehicles is part of its wider efforts to make maritime operations more environmentally friendly.
The vehicles are emission free and will enable the JNPT to transition to green-energy efficient mobility solutions, JNPT explained. It also said it has operationalised a dedicated charging station for the new fleet.
Shri Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT, said, “JNPT persistently focuses on sustainability to minimize the impact of the port’s operations on the environment and surrounding communities.
“The port not only aims to obtain economic efficiencies but also focuses on ecological and social stability. Industries across the world are incorporating climate change aspects to increase accountability towards an environmentally conscious world.
“EVs offer a way lower cost of ownership as they are much easier for maintenance and reduce the dependency on fast depleting fossil fuels.
“With the induction of EV vehicles, we will be at par with sustainable global ports augmenting JNPT’s stature to be among the prominent container ports in the world. We will continue to work towards building a clean, green and sustainable port.”