Tevva unveils new all-electric 7.5 tonne truck

Electric truck maker Tevva has today unveiled the new all-electric Tevva Truck. It’s a British-designed 7.5-tonne electric truck intended for mass production. The global electric truck market was valued at $1.15 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow to $14.19 billion by 2027.

The Tevva Truck has been unveiled to address the immediate industry need to electrify, with the United Kingdom and Europe committed to a target of net zero emissions by 2050, alongside a proposed ban on the sale of all polluting vehicles by 2035.

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The Tevva Truck offers a range of up to 160 miles (250km) in pure battery electric vehicle (BEV) form or up to 310 miles (500km) with its patented range extender technology (REX). This has now been upgraded to use hydrogen fuel cells.

As a result, the Tevva Truck brings a best in class combination of capability and cost efficiency from a zero-emissions medium-duty truck, while offering the ruggedness and resilience of traditional trucks.

Engineered by a team led by Ken Scott, formerly engineering director at both Bentley and Alexander Dennis, and styled by Dale Grewer, former Chief Designer at Jaguar Land Rover, the Tevva Truck will be manufactured in a brand-new facility in the London Thames Freeport area providing close proximity to central London and Europe.

The 11,000m2 manufacturing plant, which is slightly bigger than the area inside an Olympic running track, is set to create an additional 1,000 skilled mechanical, software, engineering, and manufacturing jobs in the next 24 months. This is on top of the 60 plus jobs already created this year.

This is part of an initiative that has already seen tens of millions of pounds being invested into the design and development of the vehicle, with further funding planned. The Tevva London facility is initially expected to begin manufacturing an impressive 3,000 trucks per annum by 2023.

Asher Bennett, Tevva CEO and founder, said: “Technology is transforming the commercial vehicle sector at pace, making it safer, greener, and entirely more efficient. Meaningful change is a gradual process, it must happen one step at a time, even if those changes are needed in fast succession.

“The Tevva Truck provides a natural transition into electrification for fleet managers, providing total peace of mind and a compelling total cost of ownership proposition, with no compromise on range and reliability and minimised compromise on payload.”

For fleet managers concerned about range, the Tevva Truck will offer unique range extension technology with its REX solution available for delivery in 2023. Its compact hydrogen fuel cells recharge the battery on the move. This allows the Tevva Truck with the integrated REX technology to fulfil longer duty cycles and carry heavier loads even further.

Tevva is committed to attracting the next generation of drivers, transforming the driving experience by developing a truck that is easier and more pleasing to drive, enabling fleet operators to attract drivers more readily.

Future technical developments already being tested will enable the Tevva Truck to be fully charged in just one hour. This will facilitate double shift operations to help reduce the total cost of ownership.

Plus, the design has also been focused on improving pedestrian safety, improving urban air quality and making significant contributions to the reduction of CO2 emissions.

The Tevva Truck can carry up to 16 euro pallets and over two tonnes payload at 7.5-tonnes Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). The total cost of ownership is comparable to a diesel, with parity being achieved at approximately 3,000km or when 500 litres of diesel is consumed per month.

The Tevva Truck is Tevva’s third-generation vehicle, representing the culmination of seven years of engineering development and the learning gathered from over 200,000 miles (350,000km) of in-fleet trials. Production of the Tevva Truck is due to commence in July 2022.

Today’s unveiling marks the first phase of Tevva’s electric commercial truck launches. Pre-orders for the battery electric vehicle (BEV) solution can be made from today with the first deliveries expected in the third quarter (Q3) of 2022.

The Tevva Truck 7.5-tonne model is the first of a series of electric trucks manufactured by Tevva in the UK. The truck manufacturer will produce a range of BEV and fuel cell REX models up to 19.5 tonnes for the UK, European, and Middle Eastern markets.

Along with the Volta Zero, who also plan to have their electric trucks available in 2022, it’s great to see more electric trucks becoming available for the logistics industry.

This will mean not only cleaner cities but will help companies meet zero-emissions targets. It’s also good to see safety and driver needs as key parts of the design, especially in the current climate of driver shortages in the UK and Europe.

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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