Tevva Wins UK Government Plug-In Grant

UK electric truck maker Tevva has seen its first BEV product secure the government’s plug-in truck grant (PITrG) slashing it list price by 20%

The 7.5-ton truck will benefit from a potential £16,000 discount, removed from its purchase price.  To be eligible for the grant, N2 vehicles, those that weigh between 5-12 tons, must have a CO2 emissions figure of at least 50% less than the conventional equivalent vehicle that can carry the same capacity and can travel at least 60 miles without any tailpipe emissions.

Tevva’s BEV claims up to 140 miles from its 105-kWh battery on a single charge and is aimed at commercial last-mile and urban delivery fleets. The truck is the only vehicle from a British manufacturer to qualify for the PITrG and becomes only the third eligible truck to be listed on the government website.

This news follows Tevva securing European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) for its truck. Founder and CEO Asher Bennett said: “We know first-hand that demand for electric trucks is growing at speed, as we have been inundated with requests for our 7.5t battery-electric truck since going into full production last month. Now we are able to offer UK organizations a noticeable discount, thanks to the government grant, which will surely make zero emission trucking even more appealing to fleets.”

Tevva’s BEV will be followed by a 7.5-ton hydrogen-electric truck, which benefits from a hydrogen range-extender that enhances vehicle range to up to 354 miles. Its hydrogen-electric prototype truck recently completed a 620-mile ‘border run’ between Tevva’s London HQ and the Scottish border at Berwick-on-Tweed – England’s most northernmost town. The return journey saw the truck cover almost 350 miles alone, without needing a single stop for recharging.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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