British electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tevva has announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Ecobat, the global leader in battery recycling, for the repair, repurposing and recycling of its lithium-ion batteries. The partnership kicks off with a 12-month pilot phase for first-life battery management, with the opportunity to expand into additional energy storage and recycling solutions.
In the unlikely case that an issue arises during vehicle life, Ecobat will ensure Tevva’s in-house assembled lithium-ion batteries are handled, diagnosed and repaired using the most effective and environmentally friendly methods.
Tevva is committed to ‘circular economy’ principles, zero waste and reducing costs when it comes to managing the most expensive item on its electric trucks – the lithium-ion battery. By engaging global battery experts Ecobat, the company is demonstrating its commitment to providing customers with the best and fastest possible service, while minimising potential impact on the environment.
Asher Bennett, Tevva CEO and founder, said: “Tevva is committed to providing the best possible customer service while promoting a circular approach to battery management.
“By agreeing this strategic partnership with Ecobat, a company with proven credentials in minimising waste, honouring resources and respecting rare earth metals, we are letting our customers know that we’ve got their back in the worst-case scenario, while also being a responsible corporate citizen by preparing for battery end of life.”
Tom Seward, EU Key accounts director at Ecobat, said: “Ecobat is thrilled to partner with a company like Tevva, one that’s committed to efficient, effective and sustainable resource management, to extend the lifecycle of their lithium-ion batteries.
“Working with pioneers like Tevva to support their battery management gives Ecobat the opportunity to expand its lithium-ion recycling footprint and further the circular energy economy.”
Tevva’s 7.5-tonne battery-electric truck has recently entered mass production at the company’s London facility. The Tevva truck offers up to 140 miles (227 kilometres) of range from its 105 kWh battery on a single charge. This makes it ideal for last-mile and urban delivery fleets.
In January 2023, Tevva announced the company had 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.