Tevva unveils new all-electric truck design
Posted on 07 Oct 2021 and read 530 times
Electric truck pioneer Tevva
last week unveiled the new Tevva Truck – 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 new truck is designed to address the immediate industry need to electrify, with the UK 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.
Offering a range of up to 160 miles in pure battery electric vehicle (BEV) form or up to 310 miles (500km) 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.Engineering excellence
Tevva is committed to the continual development of transformative BEVs for the real world, helping to place it at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero-emission commercial vehicles.
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/sup> 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 year by 2023.
Thanks to Tevva’s strong supplier partnerships, fleet operators can benefit from an extremely reliable BEV powertrain paired with an exceptionally robust and proven truck-derived chassis, as well as quick access to low-cost parts. Furthermore, Tevva offers support through an established, nationwide roadside assistance network.
Asher Bennett, Tevva founder and CEO, said: “Technology is transforming the commercial vehicle sector at pace, making it safer, greener, and 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.”
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, allowing the Tevva Truck with the integrated REX technology to fulfil longer duty cycles and carry heavier loads even further.
Future technical developments already being tested will enable the Tevva Truck to be fully charged in just 1hr – facilitating double shift operations, to help reduce the total cost of ownership – all while improving pedestrian safety, improving urban air quality, and making significant contributions to the reduction of CO2 emissions.
By removing typical barriers to commercial EV adoption, such as affordability and range, the Tevva Truck will play a key role in helping the UK meet ambitious policy goals. It is also expected to reduce global CO2 emissions by 10 million tonnes by the end of 2030, the equivalent of taking one million cars off the road.
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 3,000km 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 of in-fleet trials. Production of the Tevva Truck is due to commence in July 2022.
Pre-orders for the BEV solution can now be made with the first deliveries expected in the autumn 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.