• Tevva Electric Trucks will be available as BEV or as range-extended models.
• The manufacturer says this truck is ideal for inner-city operators and distributors.
• The first customer trucks will be delivered in particular markets by Q3 2022.
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UK-based Tevva Electric Trucks has pulled the wraps off its new electric truck going into production early next year. This 7.5-tonne workhorse is the first of several electric and hybrid truck variants that Tevva is looking to launch in the coming years.
Tevva spokesmen say the truck represents the culmination of seven years of work. The electric-only variant of its first new truck can travel up to 250km on a single charge. The company hasn't mentioned how large the battery pack is, but it says that a full battery charge could take 1 hour.
Longer range possible
The Tevva electric truck is built for the urban environment, and it's able to haul top to 16 euro pallets of cargo up to 2.5 tonnes in weight. Now, that might not seem like much capacity; however, it might suit transport operators in the FMCG space.
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 the payload."
Should you require more than 250km of range, range-extender models using hydrogen fuel cell technology will become available by 2023. Compact hydrogen fuel cells recharge the battery while the driver is on the move, allowing the Tevva Truck with the integrated REX technology to fulfil longer duty cycles and carry heavier loads even further (up to 500km of range in some instances).
Electric trucks for South Africa?
Tevva has no initial plan to launch its electric or range extender trucks in Mzansi. Still, other manufacturers are already selling electric trucks on a more mainstream level in the coming years.
I test drove Isuzu Truck's all-electric N-Series model at Gerotek a few years ago, when the company brought one in for local testing. The truck impressed with its low-speed pick-up, thanks to having an electric motor and battery pack instead of a diesel engine and traditional gearbox.
Recently, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo Trucks announced that it is testing all-electric trucks for the local market. These electric trucks won't come cheap, but they are being developed to help fleet operators and businesses to reduce environmental impact.
Tevva says that it will be building the truck in the UK and that it aims to produce at least 3 000 trucks per annum for businesses looking to change the way they move goods.
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