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Tevva unveils electric truck that will be built in Britain
Tevva has unveiled its new Tevva Truck – a British-designed 7.5-tonne electric truck intended for mass production in the UK.
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 11,000 m² 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, adding to 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 3,000 trucks per annum by 2023.
The global electric truck market was valued at $1.15bn in 2020 and is expected to grow to $14.19bn by 2027. Offering a range of up to 160 miles in pure battery electric vehicle (BEV) form or up to 310 miles with its patented range extender technology (REX), which has now been upgraded to use hydrogen fuel cells; 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.
Asher Bennett, founder and CEO of Tevva, said: “Technology is transforming the commercial vehicle sector at pace, making it safer, greener, and entirely more efficient. But 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.”
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; parity is achieved at approximately 3,000 km 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 of in-fleet trials. Production of the Tevva Truck is due to commence in July 2022.