Tevva reveals first mass production British electric truck

Electric truck designer Tevva has unveiled what it claims to be the first British-designed 7.5-tonne electric truck intended for mass production.

The company says the new ‘Tevva Truck’ was manufactured to address the immediate industry need to electrify today, with pre-orders available now and first deliveries from Q3 2022. This deadline beats the government target of banning the sale of all polluting vehicles by 2035.

Offering a range of up to 160 miles in pure battery electric vehicle form or up to 310 miles with its range extender technology (REX), which has now been upgraded to use hydrogen fuel cells.

The Tevva Truck is the manufacturers 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.

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.”

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 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.

Pre-orders for the BEV solution can be made now with the first deliveries expected in Q3 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.

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