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Call for more Government support to help accelerate decarbonisation of trucks

Asher Bennett of Tevva

Electric truck manufacturer Tevva is calling for more Government support to help companies make the switch to electric.

It wants by see more incentives in line with those available in mainland Europe. 

The recent Net Zero Review set out the “historic opportunity” offered by net zero in the UK. Yet the report also made clear that more should be done to ‘back business’ and reap the economic benefits.

Despite accounting for just 2% of vehicles on our roads, heavy-duty trucks (HDVs) are responsible for over a quarter of road transport emissions.

Road transport and HDVs are also one of the largest sources of air pollution which causes 350,000 premature deaths per year in Europe. 

Asher Bennett, CEO and founder of UK electric truck manufacturer Tevva (pictured), said: “Clearly more must be done to accelerate the decarbonisation of commercial vehicles, and we’re asking the UK Government to bring truck incentives in-line with those found in Europe.

“Brexit put us in a position where as a nation we were free from EU state aid rules which limited the amount of support governments could give to certain industries.

“Yet, the UK is lagging behind its European neighbours when it comes to incentives for electric truck adoption.”

As a vehicle manufacturer, Tevva can offer its customers discounts at point of sale thanks to Government incentives, with a maximum of £16,000 for small trucks and £25,000 for large ones.

Yet, if you compare this support to what’s on offer in other European countries, Bennett says that more could be done.

“In Germany, for example, the government provides 80% of the price differential between diesel and battery-electric trucks, in the Netherlands it’s 45%,” he explained. “That’s potentially between £50-90,000 per truck more than what’s on offer in the UK.  

“We appreciate the British Government’s support which enables us to make our 7.5t battery-electric truck even more appealing to fleets. But for this country to meet its net zero goals, more action is needed to stimulate electric vehicle manufacturing in the UK, which is really the only bright spot in an industry that has reached its lowest ebb for over 60 years.”

He continued: “The electrification of trucks is inevitable, and the technology has developed to a point where an electric truck is a viable proposition for many operators.

“There's a huge appetite among fleets for electric trucks, as the opportunity to reduce emissions makes good business sense.”

He acknowledges that there needs to be trust in the technology and clarity on total cost of ownership (TCO).

Tevva says it is working with its customers to address both of these points and it is confident that its electric trucks will save fleets money over the lifetime of the vehicle and improve their fleet and driver performance.

Bennett concluded: “The market isn’t ready to adopt on scale without further incentivisation, at least not with the required urgency.”

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