Tevva hydrogen-electric truck clocks up 350 miles in wintry range test

Testing and development of Tevva’s hydrogen-electric 7.5 tonne truck continues apace, with four Tevva engineers: Charlie Cordell, Byron Dolman, Ryan Clark and Toby Hurst having completed a ‘range test’ of Tevva’s dual-energy prototype truck, achieving more than 1,000 kilometres (approximately 620 miles) driving between Tevva’s London HQ and the Scottish border at Berwick-on-Tweed - England’s most northernmost town.  
Tevva hydrogen-electric truck clocks up 350 miles in wintry range test
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The return journey saw the truck cover almost 350 miles alone, without needing a single stop for recharging. This was made possible by the truck’s hydrogen fuel cell which tops up the range-extended (Rex) vehicle’s lithium battery when needed.

“It was an amazing trip and we were so pleased the truck covered so many miles on the return leg, without the need to stop for a charge” said Lead Engineer at Tevva Rex, Charlie Cordell. “The trip was a terrific demonstration of the range you can achieve in a truck that uses a blended system of electric and hydrogen. The freezing conditions were extremely challenging, but helpful too, in allowing us to gather important data about vehicle performance, meaning we could make tweaks here and there and tailor its development.”

Temperatures rarely climbed above freezing during the trip, and at one point it dropped to minus 10.

The Tevva engineers stopped off for hydrogen refuelling at Element 2 in Teesside on the first leg of the journey, as well as an earlier stop in the midlands. Element 2 is currently building a national infrastructure of hydrogen refuelling sites.

“Providing the hydrogen for this significant journey is a proud moment” added the company’s Chief Development Officer Dr Andrew Hagan. “The superior range on this fuel cell vehicle is a comfort and reassurance for organisations ordering new vehicles and updating their fleets. We are building refuelling stations where they are needed most and removing diesel from our roads. This infrastructure will enable Tevva truck drivers to go the distance.”  

Tevva’s revolutionary hydrogen fuel-cell range extension technology enables its vehicles to do all the work of diesel, with total peace of mind about cost, range, and environmental impact.

By adding hydrogen into the energy mix, Tevva delivers a solution that gives operators the ability to decarbonise their fleets at the pace needed by climate science and demanded by society.  The company is taking a dual-energy approach to zero-emission mobility, utilising the best of battery-electric and hydrogen technology to maximise the performance of our vehicles.

Tevva is an active player in helping build the battery-electric and hydrogen infrastructure ecosystem, and recognises that the speed and scalability of hydrogen refuelling systems will be crucial to adoption while keeping costs under control.

As low-carbon hydrogen becomes cheaper and more widely available, hydrogen refuelling will become as convenient as diesel refuelling is today. Tevva is actively working with hydrogen and refuelling station suppliers to establish low-carbon hydrogen services for customers and is leading the drive to zero-emissions freight and urban logistics.

Tevva is committed to making hydrogen convenient, affordable and sustainable for its customers.

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