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Published on July 4th, 2013 | by Tim Tyler


Teva Motors — Tesla Of Electric Trucks?

July 4th, 2013 by  

If you haven’t heard of Teva Motors, it’s because it is a fairly new company that was founded in 2012. The fact that Teva hasn’t been around long doesn’t mean it doesn’t have big plans for the future. For example, it looks like Teva Motors plans to build a 7.5 ton payload electric truck that will come with a diesel-powered range extender. That would be something!

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Image: Teva Logo via Teva Motors

Teva might just be destined for success with Malcolm Power at the helm on engineering. If you’re not familiar with Malcolm, he was the former VP of engineering for the Tesla Roadster and spent 17 years at Lotus. Also, CEO Asher Bennett and Trevor Power bring years of EV expertise to the company.

Teva plans to create an EV truck that it can mass produce for the back-to-base delivery truck market, and from the looks of it, the company has a good start. Teva has already signed a partnership with China’s largest diesel truck exporter, which is pretty impressive for a young company. To top it off, Teva has also gained support from customers like UPS — which could place sizable fleet orders.

One of the hurdles with creating a large EV truck is the range, which is why Teva is adding the Diesel Range Extender. “The range extended drivetrain eliminates range limitations but retains the cost and environmental benefits. Typically the small on-board diesel might be used for just a short time each day to re-charge the battery, but that makes all the difference. It also allows the battery to be used to its full potential, so you get the maximum benefits from cheap night-time electricity.”

The prototype chassis has already been shipped to the UK location where it will be built. Teva believes using an existing chassis will help keep costs down and let the company focus on the drivetrain and battery. This technique was also used by Tesla when it built the Tesla Roadster using a Lotus chassis.

CEO Asher Bennett said: “The market has clearly told us that electric vehicles must be operationally competitive, they must never run out of range, and they must cost less than diesel vehicles. This is what Teva Motors is delivering.”

Teva has the business model, it has team, and it has the connections. Looks like the UK-based Teva Motors is going to make a name for itself.

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  • Others

    Best way to go. If it has electric range for 80 – 100 miles with rest of them coming from Diesel, that will do.

    Even if a truck has to do 200 miles / day, they can do 100 miles in morning, charge during the lunch time and do another 100 miles in after noon.

  • Bob_Wallace

    “they must never run out of range”

    That does not mean that every vehicle in the fleet must have the ability to drive the width of the continent without charging. Many delivery vehicles actually have modest daily routes. UPS and other companies are running <100 mile range trucks right now.

    "UPS said in 2011 that it was acquiring 100 battery-electric delivery trucks for its
    California operations and has now put the proverbial rubber to the road.

    The delivery-service giant has deployed those 100 electric vehicles in the Sacramento, San Bernardino, Bakersfield and Fresno areas. All told, the vehicles, which have a 75-mile single-charge range, should help UPS cut diesel-fuel use by about 126,000 gallons a year. UPS operates more than 2,500 alt-fuel vehicles in the US and acquired these from Stockton, CA-based Electric Vehicles International.

    UPS isn't the only company that is putting plugs on delivery vans. Amp recently began testing a medium duty van because, as Amp CEO told Autoblog Green,
    getting the diesel out of the delivery can be an effective way to cut fuel use because of those vehicles' high mileage use and city-driving patterns. Last year, UPS competitor FedEx said it was more than doubling its all-electric fleet to 43 vehicles from 19"


  • Wayne Williamson

    It would be interesting to see what say 90 percent of the UPS small trucks travel in a day. Maybe it doesn’t need to be a hybrid and a pure electric would work….could be much cheaper….

    • Bob_Wallace

      Fred Smith, CEO of FedEX during NPR interview…

      “An all-electric pickup and delivery van will operate at a 75 percent less per-mile cost than an internal combustion engine variant,” he says. “Now, I didn’t say 7 1/2 percent — [I said] 75 percent. These are big numbers.”

      Smith points out that the vehicles would be charged in off-peak hours, minimizing the need for additional power plants. Battery life and cost remain a challenge, but Smith is optimistic.

      “I think in three or four years you will have a battery vehicle with a range that’s probably double what it has today — a couple of hundred miles versus a hundred miles — and it’ll probably be 25 percent to 40 percent cheaper than [it] currently is.”


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