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Tevva to develop glycerine-fuelled low emission truck

Chelmsford-based electric truck developer Tevva Motors has announced plans to develop a vehicle that runs on a form of glycerine – a food ingredient – alongside a range extended battery pack.

Glycerine, which is predominantly used as a sweetener and preservative in food products, will be used alongside a range extended battery back to give the 7.5-tonne truck the capacity to travel from London to Carlisle without the need for refuelling, the company claims.

Tevva is developing a glycerine-fuelled vehicle which also uses an electric range-extender

Delivery company UPS has successfully trialled one of the trucks in London and has placed an order for 15 more.

Tevva’s chief executive, Asher Bennett, a former Israeli submarine commander, has received over £2m in funding from the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership to develop the technology. He believes the glycerine range-extender vehicles will be the world’s first fully zero-emission trucks.


In a statement, the company said: “The latest innovation will join Tevva’s existing range-extending technology for electric trucks, which use a powertrain similar to that developed for the new London Taxi, where power is supplied to the wheels via electric motors and backed up by a diesel-powered engine that removes the barriers of limited range, seen as one of the key barriers to hauliers adopting fully electric technology.â€?

Tevva is also working on projects to trial active geofencing, an online system that detects air quality in urban areas and can automatically switch a vehicle’s powertrain between diesel and electric power depending on particulate levels. The system is currently being trialled in Leeds.

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