Tevva, the British electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, has hit another major milestone after securing European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) for its 7.5-tonne battery-electric truck.
This means that Tevva can start producing and selling in volume across the UK and Europe and represents the key regulatory step in the development and commercialisation of all vehicles, including electric trucks.
With this Tevva becomes the first British company to receive EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval for a 7.5-tonne electric truck and has moved quickly to get its first vehicles out to customers.
The first mass-produced electric trucks have started to be delivered from their UK base and will be eagerly received by customers including Expect Distribution, Travis Perkins and Royal Mail.
Royal Mail has been an early adopter of zero emissions vehicles in its fleet and already has over 3,000 electric cars and trucks being used across the UK.
Tevva expects to sell up to 1,000 electric trucks in 2023 as it ramps up production. It’s good to see another electric truck available as more companies make the transition to electric vehicles, especially for last-mile deliveries in towns and cities.
Asher Bennett, Tevva founder and CEO, said: “We continue to ‘charge on’ as a company and reach new milestones, with type approval being the latest and most important landmark we’ve achieved to date.
“I am incredibly proud of our team who have worked tirelessly to secure this certification and get our 7.5-tonne electric truck in customers’ hands and on the roads.
“We are on a mission to make sustainable trucks accessible at scale and believe our technology will empower the transport sector and the governments of Europe to meet their net-zero goals.
“By embracing both hydrogen and electric fuel sources, we can rethink the energy mix in transport, reduce strain on our electricity grid and accelerate electric truck adoption.”
The essential certification has been achieved for the EU and UK with the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) and the Swedish Transport Agency (STA). To receive whole vehicle type approval, the Tevva electric truck underwent 30 system tests. This included electric safety and electromagnetic compatibility to the latest standards.
Tevva’s 7.5-tonne electric truck offers up to 140 miles (227km) of range from its 105kWh battery on a single charge and is ideal for last-mile and urban delivery fleets.