British electric truck manufacturer Tevva has entered into a strategic partnership with battery recycler Ecobat. As part of the partnership, the companies started a twelve-month pilot project for the handling and repair of batteries used by Tevva.
According to Tevva, the cooperation could be expanded at a later date to include energy storage and recycling solutions. However, it did not provide details of how and where battery repairs will take place. The press release states rather generally: “In the unlikely case that an issue arises during vehicle life, Ecobat will ensure Tevva’s in-house assembled lithium-ion batteries are handled, diagnosed and repaired using the most effective and environmentally friendly methods.”
The electric truck manufacturer says that working with Ecobat demonstrates its commitment to embracing a battery circular economy and a “zero waste” approach.
“Tevva is committed to providing the best possible customer service while promoting a circular approach to battery management,” says Tevva Founder and CEO Asher Bennett.
“By agreeing this strategic partnership with Ecobat, a company with proven credentials in minimising waste, honouring resources, and respecting rare earth metals, we are letting our customers know that we’ve got their back in the worst-case scenario, while also being a responsible corporate citizen by preparing for battery end of life.”
Tevva kicked off mass production of its battery-electric 7.5-tonne truck last September. It features a 105 kWh battery and can be fitted with an optional fuel cell range extender. Incidentally, Tevva adjusted the range specification for both modes upward: Instead of 180 and 440 kilometres, respectively, there is now talk of 227 kilometres in battery mode and up to 570 kilometres in combined mode.
Also in September, Tevva presented its 19-tonne truck for the first time at IAA Transportation and announced its strategy for mainland Europe with the construction of a second production facility.
Ecobat recently announced its third lithium-ion battery recycling facility, the first in North America. Ecobat’s two existing Li-ion battery recycling facilities are located in Germany and the United Kingdom. Commenting on the new partnership, Tom Seward, EU Key Accounts Director at Ecobat, says: “Working with pioneers like Tevva to support their battery management gives Ecobat the opportunity to expand its lithium-ion recycling footprint and further the circular energy economy.”