British electric vehicle manufacturer Tevva has secured European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) for its 7.5 tonne (t) 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 commercialization of all vehicles, including electric trucks.
With this, Tevva says it becomes the first British company to receive EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval for a 7.5t electric truck. The first mass-produced electric trucks have started to be delivered from their UK base and will be received by customers, which include Expect Distribution, Travis Perkins and Royal Mail. The company says it expects to sell up to 1,000 electric trucks in 2023.
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.
Tevva’s 7.5t 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, the company says. It will be followed later in 2023 by a 7.5t hydrogen-electric truck, which benefits from a hydrogen range-extender that enhances vehicle range to up to 354 miles.