Tevva Motors talks growth plans and ‘inevitable’ electrification of urban CVs

Tevva Motors has gone from strength to strength since its launch in Brentwood, Essex in September 2013: indeed, last year saw the tech firm accompany former prime minister Theresa May on a trade visit to China; attract investment of £10m from Indian metals business Bharat Forge to boost its global expansion plans; and see parcels giant UPS announce it was using Tevva’s technology across its Birmingham and Southampton fleets. Ahead of the firm’s appearance at London’s Freight in the City Expo on 6 November, our sister title Motor Transport caught up with sales and marketing director David Thackray to find out what’s next in Tevva’s growth plans. Yes, we’ll have increasing numbers of vehicles deployed in the UK from Q2 and, more than that, our technology will be a familiar sight in a number of European locations, beginning in Amsterdam in Q3. The development of an exceptionally well-engineered vehicle that is focused on safety, quality and durability – and one that truly delivers on total cost of ownership (TCO) – ie, it achieves at least parity with diesel, but more often than not exceeds diesel when it comes to TCO and driving experience. Unquestionably.  Back...

James W Yule buys a new Mercedes-Benz Arocs from BLS Truck & Van

Aberdeenshire owner-driver James W Yule has taken delivery of his second Mercedes-Benz Arocs from BLS Truck & Van. The timber haulier acquired the 6×2 2553 tractor unit to replace his first Arocs, which went into service in 2014.  Primarily working out of the Fetteresso Forest, the operator needs a truck that is tough enough to handle heavy loads in rigorous environments, off surfaced roads. Over the past five years, the Arocs has proven its worth, prompting Yule to purchase a second.  “The Arocs handles the trails without any problem,” Yule said. “Its high ground clearance means deep ruts and bumps are never a problem, and lifting the rear-axle enables me to gain more traction from the drive-axle should I need it, while improving manoeuvrability for tight turns.  “The truck is also significantly lighter than a 6×4 tractor, and the resulting increase in payload capacity makes for higher productivity. I’ve considered other options but the Arocs is the only vehicle on the market that’s purpose-built for tough, off-road applications like mine.” Yule opted for the 12.8-litre OM471LA engine (530hp/2,600Nm) mated with the PowerShift3 automated transmission. The truck is ...