Tevva has announced that Kinaxia Logistics has agreed to trial its 7.5-tonne battery-electric truck. The truck is the first in a series of commercial vehicles from Tevva, which includes 7.5-tonne, 12-tonne, and 19-tonne hydrogen-electric versions.
Kinaxia chief executive Simon Hobbs explained the vehicle would be based at its AKW site in Trafford Park, Manchester where it can be trialed on a mix of inner city, urban and more rural distribution routes. “We are eagerly looking forward to working with the team at Tevva to assess performance, payload etc and assist them in the development of this important product,” Hobbs said. “Over the years we have implemented a number of measures, including better vehicle utilisation, driver training and trialling different fuel types. Now, as a result of our collaboration with Tevva, we have the opportunity to trial our first electric vehicle as another element of our overall environmental reduction strategy.”
The 7.5-tonne battery-electric variant offers a range of up to 180 km (110 miles), while the 7.5-tonne hydrogen-electric truck has an extended range of up to 440 km (270 miles) due to its dual energy technology. Tevva chief executive and founder Asher Bennett said: “We are proud to announce another major milestone in our company’s history as the first series production Tevva truck rolled off our production line. I would like to pay tribute to the whole team who have worked tirelessly to reach this goal.
“We believe our battery and dual energy vehicles will change the face of the transportation sector and help companies and countries reach their net-zero emission targets. We are also pleased that Kinaxia Logistics has joined us in this endeavour and shares our vision in decarbonising the transport sector.”
The 7.5-tonne battery-electric truck most recently completed hot climate testing in Sierra Nevada, Spain, where the vehicle repeatedly climbed to altitudes of more than 2,500 metres while fully laden (2.5 tonnes of load). No marked drop in performance was reported, with the truck also undergoing cold weather testing 300km in Finland earlier in the year. Tevva trucks have accrued nearly half a million kilometres of real-world driving.