Tevva prepares for mass production of electric truck
By Becky Schultz12 January 2023
British electric vehicle manufacturer Tevva announced it has secured European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) for its 7.5 tonne (t) battery-electric truck, reportedly becoming the first British company to do so. The approval represents the key regulatory step in the development and commercialization of all its vehicles, including electric trucks. It means the company can start producing and selling in volume across the UK and Europe.
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 electric truck underwent 30 system tests, including electric safety and electromagnetic compatibility to the latest standards, Tevva explained.
With the certification in place, Tevva has moved quickly to get its first vehicles out to customers. The first mass produced electric truck models are starting to be delivered from the company’s UK base to customers including Expect Distribution, Travis Perkins and Royal Mail.
The 7.5t TEV75B electric truck produces 192 kW maximum power and 596 Nm torque. It provides up to 140 miles (227 km) from its 105 kWh battery on a single charge, and is suited for last-mile and urban delivery fleets. It will be followed later in 2023 by a 7.5t hydrogen-electric truck, the TEV75BH2, which benefits from a hydrogen range-extender that enhances vehicle range to up to 354 miles (570 km).
The company expects to sell up to 1000 electric trucks in 2023.
“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,” said Asher Bennett, Tevva founder and CEO. “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.”