Chelmsford based electric commercial vehicle technology pioneer, Tevva, has launched the Tevva Electrify scheme, a new initiative designed to enable logistics fleets to commence electrification of medium duty HGVs as soon as Spring 2020.
Unveiled on 6th November at Freight in the City expo at Alexandra Palace, Tevva’s new Commercial EV Technology Fleet programme allows companies to take the first step towards electrification by deploying Tevva’s unique package of EV (electric vehicle) technologies.
The initiative also aims to help drive confidence in EV technology as logistics firms look to lower total cost of fleet ownership, comply with current and future emissions regulations and address their carbon footprint and impact on air quality and climate change.
Tevva’s commercial electric vehicle fleet
Tevva’s aforementioned unique package of technologies includes bespoke battery packs and management system, advanced cloud-based software that uses geofencing to autonomously control a range extender – on its in-service, medium duty trucks.
The electrification initiative is being spearheaded by seven companies based between London and Oxford who, as early adopters, are committing to being part of the first Electrify cohort and will be taking delivery of a collective total of eight eTrucks packed with Tevva’s ready-made EV solutions. Availability for future cohorts will soon open up.
Targeting companies from a wide range of urban distribution sectors, including food, healthcare and janitorial services, the Commercial EV Technology Fleet has been set up to demonstrate in a real-world environment the safety, reliability and durability credentials of Tevva’s four core pillars of proprietary technology.
When Tevva was founded in 2013, the question that businesses were asking was whether or not electric trucks could displace diesel in the commercial vehicle sector. The question today is ‘when’ they will displace diesel. The electrification of the commercial vehicle sector is now inevitable and it’s now simply a question of how quickly it will happen. The big players in the transport industry already see the benefits of technology like ours but too many businesses in the UK and across Europe still have a relatively low level of awareness. ELECTRIFY will enable a better understanding and increased adoption to accelerate significantly by proving beyond any possible doubt in real-world environments that logistics electrification technology is ready to displace diesel now.
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An environmentally effective solution
The Electrify demo fleet is expected to number around 50 vehicles, with vehicles being available to purchase from Q3/Q4 in 2020.
Over the next two years, the Electrify programme’s 50 vehicles will be deployed across over 200 fleets in at least five countries, amassing an estimated 4 million km that will prove businesses can save up to 20% on TCO (total cost of ownership) but also have an environmentally effective solution.
The Tevva initiative offers participating companies a three or six-month trial period, during which the customer can integrate a 12-tonne GVW (gross vehicle weight) electric truck incorporating all of Tevva’s core technologies into their regular fleet operations – without compromise.
The co-liveried truck is rented by the customer, running an unlimited mileage deployment with the vehicle over the period of the demonstration, during which Tevva will provide detailed telematics data to show all operational elements, such as mileage completed, energy consumed, grid energy used and range extender fuel consumption vs energy generated.
Providing customers with the necessary training
Tevva will also provide customers with all necessary training for their technicians and drivers to ensure safety during the trial and optimise the benefits of the on-board technologies.
With the shared learning and data generated by participation in the Electrify programme, businesses can not only help prove the real-world performance of the technology to the wider market, but also benefit from the option to retain the vehicle at the end of the trial period and priority ordering and build slots for any further vehicles they wish to purchase.
Tevva’s proprietary technologies cover the battery pack, battery management, drive system and range extender and include a state-of-the-art vehicle control and telematics system which safely manages the vehicle and enables low running costs by optimising use of the battery and range extender.