British last-mile electric truck maker wins deal to mass produce and sell

British last-mile electric truck maker wins deal to mass produce and sell

British last-mile electric truck maker wins deal to mass produce and sell

As last-mile and short-haul delivery companies increasingly turn to battery-electric vehicles, a British manufacturer has been given the green light for mass production of its entry into the segment.

Tevva announced on Tuesday evening that it was the first UK company to obtain European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) for a 7.5 tonne battery electric truck. This approval paved the way for Tevva to increase its production and sales of electric trucks to high levels for customers in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

To earn the ECWVTA, a sample of vehicles are tested to measure whether they meet a number of performance requirements ranging from tires to emissions and braking systems.

The company said it had already started delivering its first vehicle customers, including Expect Distribution, Travis Perkins and Royal Mail. Tevva said it plans to sell up to 1,000 electric trucks in 2023.

Tevva’s high-volume entry into the electric delivery truck market faces fierce competition from Swedish tech company Einride and fellow British manufacturer Volta Trucks, although Tevva’s founder and CEO, Asher Bennett, told Forbes.com in email responses to our questions: “Tevva is the only UK manufacturer currently mass-producing electric trucks.

In line with range requirements for last-mile and urban delivery vehicles, Tevva’s 7.5-ton electric truck can travel up to 140 miles on a single charge from its 105 kWh battery. Later this year, a 7.5 tonne hydrogen electric truck will join the lineup. Its hydrogen range extender extends range to a maximum of 354 miles.

Since much of the medium-duty truck segment requires longer range capabilities, their customers are “excited” about the prospect of Tevva’s hydrogen truck and hydrogen as backup fuel for batteries. lithium-ion, according to Bennett. They will also produce a 19-ton hydrogen electric truck from 2024.

Tevva’s latest move is designed to address what the company sees as “a huge fleet operator appetite for electric trucks because the ability to reduce emissions is a good business decision.”

“We are on a mission to make sustainable trucks accessible at scale and we believe our technology will enable the European transport industry and governments to achieve their net zero goals,” Bennett said in a statement. “By embracing both hydrogen and electric fuel sources, we can rethink the energy mix in transportation, reduce the strain on our electricity grid and accelerate the adoption of electric trucks.”

Although Tevva now has permission to mass-produce its electric truck, the company is not new to the segment. Initially focusing on hydrogen as a supplement to battery power, the company has had trucks on UK roads since 2016, including 15 extended range electric trucks operated by UPS in Southampton and Birmingham since 2019.

Tevva is now working with energy partners to deliver low-carbon hydrogen to their customers’ depots, according to Bennett who told Forbes.com, “As an additional energy carrier, hydrogen has the ability to reduce demand on existing grid infrastructure, further support the deployment of electric (dual-energy) trucks.”

At this point, Tevva is focused on the UK and the rest of Europe for the rest of this year, but then “looks to other global markets including North America,” Bennett said. . But while Tevva could eventually sell its electric trucks on this continent, the company has no plans to build them here.

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