Electric truck pioneer Tevva has received £4.2 million in a grant from the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre. 

The grant will help finance the development of Tevva’s zero-emission, long-range medium duty trucks, which are 7.5 to 19t Gross Vehicle Weight.

It will also be utilised to advance the SANGREAL Project, a £12.2m collaboration between Tevva and Advanced Electric Machines, an internationally recognised designer and manufacturer whose vision is to build the most sustainable motors in the world.

The project involves the design and development of an innovative electric transaxle and intelligent vehicle propulsion control system with on-board telematics which are designed to optimise range and reliability, and enable predictive and preventative servicing.

“We are humbled and proud to be receiving this grant to continue developing Tevva’s groundbreaking technology in the EV market,” said chief engineer Ken Scott. 

“We are developing zero-emission solutions for higher weight class ‘return to base’ logistics vehicles that offer true cost of ownership benefit, compared to existing diesel offerings, with extended range – which is truly revolutionary for our industry. 

“This funding will help make this a reality in the near-future.”

Jon Beasley, business development and programmes director at the Advanced Propulsion Centre, said: “The automotive industry is at a pivotal point. Great ideas will not move the dial on decarbonisation unless they are on the road and taking the place of more polluting technology.

“The future movement of people and goods needs to be efficient and green. There has been real progress in the decarbonisation of cars to meet the UK Government’s plans to phase-out sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030. However, the pathways for medium and heavy duty and long-range transport are less clear.

“Further innovation and technology development is needed to decarbonise our buses, HDVs and off-highway vehicles and this is why we are delighted to be supporting Tevva and Advanced Electric Machines to deliver ground-breaking projects such as SANGREAL.”

James Widmer, CEO of Advanced Electric Machines, said: “These new technologies, when deployed, are expected to deliver market leading performance. 

“We are impressed by Tevva’s progress and see the true potential in the company to develop groundbreaking technology to sustain heavy weighted zero emission trucks. 

“We are confident that the funding provided by this grant will help drive the clean freight industry forward.”