Tevva, Ecobat develop first-life battery management project
By Riley Simpson08 March 2023
British electric vehicle manufacturer Tevva and battery recycling company Ecobat have started a partnership to repair, repurpose and recycle lithium-ion batteries. The partnership includes a 12-month pilot phase for first-life battery management, with the opportunity to expand into additional energy storage and recycling solutions.
Tevva’s 7.5t battery-electric trucks, the TEV75B and the TEV75BH2, run on 105 kWh lithium-ion batteries that are assembled in-house. The companies said that if there are issues during the lifespan of Tevva’s electric vehicles, Ecobat will handle, diagnose and repair the batteries using environmentally friendly methods.
“Tevva is committed to providing the best possible customer service while promoting a circular approach to battery management,” said Asher Bennett. company founder and CEO. “By agreeing [to] this strategic partnership with Ecobat, a company with proven credentials in minimizing waste, honoring 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.”
Along with its commitment to a “circular” approach to battery management, Tevva said it also aims for zero waste and reducing costs when it comes to managing its electric trucks’ most expensive items: the lithium-ion batteries.
“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,” said Tom Seward, EU key accounts director at Ecobat. “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.”
The Tevva battery-electric truck, which recently entered mass production at the company’s London facility, has a range of 140 miles (227 km) on a single charge. The company said that a 7.5t hydrogen-electric truck, with a range of 354 miles (570 km), will be introduced soon.