Tevva CEO & Founder, Asher Bennett

Tevva has secured European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) for its 7.5 tonne battery electric truck.

The new certification means it can now start producing and selling in volume across the UK and Europe.

Tevva is the first British company to receive ECWVTA for a 7.5-tonne electric truck and mass produced versions have already started to be delivered to customers including Expect Distribution, Travis Perkins and Royal Mail.

The company expects to sell up to 1,000 electric trucks in 2023.

Tevva founder and chief executive Asher Bennett (pictured) said: “We continue to ‘charge on’ as a company and reach new milestones, with type approval being the latest and most important landmark we’ve achieved to date. I am incredibly proud of our team who have worked tirelessly to secure this certification and get our 7.5t electric truck in customers’ hands and on the roads.

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“We are on a mission to make sustainable trucks accessible at scale and believe our technology will empower the transport sector and the governments of Europe to meet their net-zero goals. By embracing both hydrogen and electric fuel sources, we can rethink the energy mix in transport, reduce strain on our electricity grid and accelerate electric truck adoption.”

The essential certification has been achieved for the EU and UK with the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) and the Swedish Transport Agency (STA).

To receive whole vehicle type approval, the Tevva electric truck underwent 30 system tests, including electric safety and electromagnetic compatibility to the latest standards.

The truck offers up to 140 miles (227 kilometres) from its 105 kWh battery on a single charge, and is said to be ideal for last-mile and urban delivery fleets.

It will be followed later in 2023 by a 7.5 tonne hydrogen-electric truck, which benefits from a hydrogen range-extender that enhances vehicle range to up to 354 miles (570km).

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