Tevva unveils 1st electric lorry designed for mass production in the UK
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Electric lorry developer Tevva has unveiled the first British-designed 7.5-tonne electric truck intended for mass production in the UK. It offers a range of 160 miles (250 km) running purely on electric batteries, and 310 miles (500 km) with the help of hydrogen fuel cells.
Tevva says the truck helps to address the haulage industry’s need to electrify, with the United Kingdom 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.
The vehicle offers a range of up to 160 miles (250 km) in pure battery electric vehicle (BEV) form, or up to 310 miles (500 km) with its patented range extender technology (REX), which has now been upgraded to use hydrogen fuel cells.
The company is proud to declare that vehicle was designed, engineered and will be manufactured in Britain; production will take place in a facility in the London Thames Freeport area.
The 11,000-square metre manufacturing plant is set to create an additional 1,000 skilled mechanical, software, engineering, and manufacturing jobs in the next 24 months.
The facility is initially expected to begin manufacturing 3,000 trucks per annum by 2023.
Range extension technology with fuel cells
The Tevva Truck will offer 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 lorry to fulfil longer duty cycles and carry heavier loads even further.
Future technical developments will enable the Tevva Truck to be fully charged in one hour – facilitating double shift operations, to help reduce the total cost of ownership.
Payload: 16 euro pallets
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.