Tevva is ramping up series production of its 12-tonne electric commercial vehicle after being boosted by “universally positive” feedback at last month's Freight in the City (FiTC).

The tech firm said production of the 3.9m wheelbase truck will start in 2020 and, in addition to its six-month 'Tevva Electrify' rental scheme, it is now also opening the order book for customers wanting to lease or purchase directly.

Tevva said its scheme aims to provide companies “with the proof that electrification not only delivers the required environmental impact but also works financially to reduce total cost of ownership".

David Thackray, Tevva sales and marketing director, said the response from fleet directors and logistics managers following its appearance at FiTC had been “100% in favour”.

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He said: “What they need – and what Tevva Electrify will give them – is the ammunition they want to be able to go all the way up to the board and the financial director and prove that this isn’t just clean, it also adds up.

“It’s not so much about overcoming uncertainty – everyone knows electrification is coming – as it is about providing evidential proof.”

Powered by an 80kWh or 134kWh lithium ion phosphate battery pack, the Tevva electrify campaign vehicles have a typical range of 150km.