UK electric truck manufacturer Tevva has secured a £4.2 million (approx $5.71 million) grant from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop the next generation of medium-duty electric trucks.
Last week we reported that Tevva unveiled a 7.5-tonne truck as its debut truck. The Truck which is supposed to have a range of up to 250 kilometers in pure electric drive and a range of up to 500 kilometers with the FC range extender activated. Production of the Tevva truck is expected to start in July 2022. The British company pointed out that the model is to become the first of a series of electric truck models to be manufactured by Tevva in the UK in the future.
In the course of the funding commitment by the APC, Tevva now names further key points regarding its further product plans. For example, the development of the electric trucks will take place together with its partner Advanced Electric Machines (AEM) as part of the £2.2 million SANGREAL project.
The collaboration includes the design and development of an innovative e-axle and an intelligent vehicle propulsion control system with onboard telematics.
The latter is intended to “optimise the use of the fuel cell range extender in terms of range and reliability and enable predictive and predictive maintenance,” Tevva informs.
Ken Scott, chief engineer at Tevva, says he is pleased with the million-dollar grant, which will help “continue the development of Tevva’s breakthrough technology in the electric vehicle market. We are developing zero-emission solutions for logistics vehicles in higher weight classes that offer real operating cost benefits and a longer range compared to existing diesel vehicles – which is truly revolutionary for our industry. This funding will help make that a reality in the near future.”
Tevva says that its patented technology called REX has been converted to hydrogen fuel cells for use in the e-trucks. In this form, the solution is expected to be available from 2023. Characteristics of the technology are that the fuel cells charge the battery while driving, allowing the trucks to complete longer duty cycles or carry heavier loads.