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British EV manufacturer Tevva has achieved a major milestone, securing European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) for its 7.5-tonne battery-electric truck. This allows them to start producing and selling in volume across the UK and Europe, with up to 1,000 electric trucks expected to be sold in 2023. The first mass-produced vehicles have already started being delivered from their UK base with customers including Expect Distribution, Travis Perkins and Royal Mail, says the company in a press release.

The 7.5t electric truck offers up to 140 miles (227 kilometers) from its 105 kWh battery on a single charge, making it ideal for last-mile delivery fleets such as Royal Mail or Travis Perkins. Later in 2023 Tevva will also launch a hydrogen-electric version of this same model that benefits from an extended range of up 354 miles (570km) thanks to its hydrogen range extender.

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Sustainable trucks

Tevva Founder and CEO Asher Bennett said: “We continue to ‘charge on’ as a company and reach new milestones, with type approval being the latest and most important landmark we’ve achieved to date. I am incredibly proud of our team, who have worked tirelessly to secure this certification and get our 7.5t electric truck in customers’ hands and on the roads. 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.”

Net Zero Emissions Goals

The essential certification has been achieved for both the EU and UK with help from the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) as well as Swedish Transport Agency (STA). The Tevva electric truck underwent 30 system tests, including electric safety checks, and electromagnetic compatibility tests, all up to the latest standards.

Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular due largely in part due to government incentives that push people towards purchasing more eco-friendly cars. Many countries have set ambitious targets when it comes net zero emissions with some aiming for 2030 while others have even more ambitious plans like Norway where they aim for 2025.

Net zero emissions, however, is not just about replacing petrol cars with EVs but also looking at other sources such as public transportation, maritime shipping or even inland navigation which can be powered by electricity rather than diesel fuel.