British electric vehicle manufacturer Tevva has started production of its battery electric truck with a gross vehicle weight of 7.5 tonnes.
The company has also secured European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) for the model and says it can now plan to sell the electric truck in bulk in the UK and European markets.
Deliveries of the first electric trucks have started from their UK base to customers such as Expect Distribution, Travis Perkins and Royal Mail. The company expects to sell up to 1,000 electric trucks in 2023.
Asher Bennett, Tevva Founder and CEO, said, “We continue to ‘recharge’ as a company and achieve new milestones, with Type Approval being the most recent and most important milestone achieved to date. I am incredibly proud of our team who have worked tirelessly to achieve this certification and get our 7.5t electric truck into the hands of customers and onto the road.
“We are committed to making sustainable trucks accessible at scale and believe our technology will enable Europe’s transport sector and governments to achieve their net zero goals. By using both hydrogen and electric fuel sources, we can rethink the energy mix in transportation, reduce the load on our electricity grid and accelerate the adoption of electric trucks.”
Tevva claims its 7.5-ton electric truck with its 105 kWh battery offers up to 140 miles (227 kilometers) of range on a single charge and is ideal for last-mile and urban delivery fleets. A 7.5-ton hydrogen-electric truck will follow later in 2023, benefiting from a hydrogen range extender that increases the vehicle’s range to up to 570 km (354 miles).
Tevva trucks are manufactured at a plant in Tilbury, east of London. The company was founded in 2013 and has been testing prototypes in partnership with UPS in the UK since 2019.