Tevva has continued to roll out its product development plans with the unveiling of the new 19-tonne hydrogen-electric truck at the IAA Transportation 2022 event in September. The company showcased its range of full-electric and hydrogen-electric medium-duty 7.5-tonne to 19-tonne trucks as it targets the European market.
The OEM is accompanied by a portfolio of customers at the show including Kinaxia Logistics, which is to trial the 19-tonne Tevva truck in the UK.
Tevva said its 19-tonne hydrogen-electric model demonstrates the scalability of its technology. Like the 7.5-tonne hydrogen-electric model, the 19-tonne variant sports the company’s dual energy system, combining lithium-ion batteries and a hydrogen fuel cell range extender. The truck is expected to have a range of up to 500km depending on the number of hydrogen cylinders specified, which can be refilled in ten minutes.
The company said it is pioneering a practical hydrogen fuel cell application that is “unique” to medium-duty trucks. “By adding a hydrogen fuel cell range extender that replenishes the battery throughout the day, Tevva has created zero-emission urban trucks that eliminate range anxiety and can replace diesel trucks on all routes. The dual energy system also futureproofs Tevva and its customers as Europe transitions away from fossil fuels and looks to decarbonise the transportation sector,” it added.
Tevva is also developing a turn-key solution to make it easier for operators to switch to hydrogen-electric trucks by managing the procurement for green hydrogen them.
The company has already started production at its UK facility where it has begun to build European vehicles. Work is underway for a second facility in mainland Europe, which will see Tevva double manufacturing capacity to 6,000 trucks per year by 2024.
Each facility will produce 7.5-tonne to 19-t0nne (Class 5 to 8) trucks for customers in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Benelux. Tevva is targeting these markets before expanding its reach into other parts of Europe, North America and the Middle East.
Tevva founder and chief executive Asher Bennett said: “Tevva’s momentum continues. We have already rolled out two 7.5-tonne truck models in the last year and now we are unveiling our 19-tonne hydrogen-electric truck offering.
“The 19-tonne truck market is a huge and exciting opportunity for Tevva in Europe. We have created a truly differentiated product and service offering to complement the needs of our European customers. We have already received significant interest for the 19-tonne model and look forward to collaborating with our customers and industry partners to create a pan-European fleet electrification ecosystem.
“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 hydrogen, we can rethink the energy mix in transport, reduce strain on our electricity grid and accelerate electric truck adoption. Through Tevva, the future is within range.”
Kinaxia Logistics chief executive Simon Hobbs, said: “As a large and growing transport organisation, we are constantly looking at ways to improve our environmental performance, in particular with regard to CO2 emissions.
“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.”