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Five minutes with… Asher Bennett, Tevva Founder and CEO

09 February 2023 #Features & Interviews

Can you give us some background about Tevva?

Tevva is a hydrogen electric truck company with a spectrum of options for zero emission medium to heavy duty trucks. Our revolutionary hydrogen fuel cell range extension technology allows our vehicles to do all the work of a diesel, with total peace of mind about cost, range and environmental impact. Tevva is leading the electric charge to zero emission freight and urban logistics. We have vehicles on the road already, getting the job done, and are focused on optimising green hydrogen solutions as part of our proposition. We do technology because it matters and makes a difference to humanity.

Tell us a bit more about the 7.5 tonne electric truck?

Tevva’s 7.5-tonne electric truck offers up to 140 miles from its 105 kWh battery on a single charge, and is 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.

What about Tevva securing European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) for your 7.5 tonne battery-electric truck?

It means that Tevva can start producing and selling in volume across the UK and Europe, and represents the key regulatory step in the development and commercialisation of all vehicles, including electric trucks.

With this Tevva becomes the first British company to receive EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval for a 7.5-tonne electric truck and has moved quickly to get its first vehicles out to customers. The first mass produced electric trucks have started to be delivered from our UK base and will be eagerly received by customers including Expect Distribution, Travis Perkins and Royal Mail. The company expects to sell up to 1,000 electric trucks in 2023.

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 7.5-tonne electric truck in customers’ hands and on the roads.

What did Tevva have to do to secure the certification?

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.

What is Tevva’s mission?

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.

Asher Bennett, Tevva Founder and CEO

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