Fleets can now benefit from a discount on the Tevva 7.5t battery-electric truck after it became eligible for the plug-in truck grant.
To qualify for the grant, N2 vehicles (trucks that weigh between 5-12 tonnes) 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 at all.
Tevva’s 7.5t battery-electric truck offers up to 140 miles (227 kilometres) from its 105 kWh battery on a single charge. Vehicle pricing is yet to be published.
The grant pays for 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £16,000, reducing Tevva 7.5t battery-electric truck total cost of ownership (TCO).
Tevva founder and CEO, Asher Bennett (pictured), 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 organisations a noticeable discount, thanks to the Government grant, which will surely make zero emission trucking even more appealing to fleets.”
The Tevva 7.5t battery-electric truck becomes only the third eligible truck to be listed on the Government approved list.
The Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed last year that fleets would have access to the plug-in van and truck grants for an additional two years, until 2024/25.
It was announced alongside a cut in the Plug-in Van Grant (PiVG).
For small vans, 2.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW) or less, the grant had given consumers 35% off the purchase price up to a maximum of £3,000. That was cut to £2,500.
For larger vans, 2-3.5 tonnes GVW, the grant was also reduced, from a maximum of £6,000 to £5,000.
There were no changes to grant rates for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes.
However, alongside announcing the extension to the plug-in van and truck grants, the eligibility criteria for existing plug-in vehicle grants was also recategorised with a focus on heavier vehicles.
From April 1, 2022, the threshold to claim the small truck grant of up to £16,000 was increased from 3.5 tonnes to 4.25 tonnes.
Vans up to 4.25 tonnes are able to claim the large van grant of up to £5,000.
Meanwhile, the threshold to claim the small truck grant of up to £16,000 was increased from 3.5 tonnes to 4.25 tonnes. Vans up to 4.25 tonnes are able to claim the large van grant of up to £5,000.
Tevva’s eligibility for the Plug-in Truck Grant (PiTG) follows it securing European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA) for its 7.5t battery-electric truck.
This meant that Tevva could start producing and selling in volume across the UK and Europe, and represented the key regulatory step in the development and commercialisation of the Tevva business.
The first mass produced electric trucks have started to be delivered from their UK base and to customers including Expect Distribution, Travis Perkins and Royal Mail.
The company expects to sell up to 1,000 electric trucks in 2023.
Tevva’s 7.5t battery-electric truck will be followed by a 7.5t hydrogen-electric truck, which benefits from a hydrogen range-extender that enhances vehicle range to up to 354 miles (570 km).
The hydrogen-electric 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.
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