Tech Innovators 2015: Tevva Motors Limited

Tevva Motors Limited is one of our top 20 tech innovators for 2015.

Presenter: Asher Bennett

Job title: Founder

Based in: London

Founded in: 2013

No. of Employees: 9

Asher Bennett

Asher Bennett has more than 18 years experience in electric vehicles, devising and implementing high value added production / supply solutions. He is a former submarine Naval Officer and has MBA from IMD, Switzerland.

Recent Milestones

First prototype vehicle completion in January 2015 / Completion of retrofit powertrain for commercial fleet operator / Successful completion of vehicle testing / Securing Series A funding

Upcoming Milestones

  • First vehicle entering service with a global commercial fleet operator 
  • August 2015 / Completion of second prototype vehicle

Inside track

Tevva has developed an electric range extended 7.5 ton truck for commercial use. Fleet operators are facing stringent regulations to limit vehicle emissions.

Tevva’s strategy has been to lower the barriers to adoption, incorporate learnings from the failures of others, to deliver a truly disruptive solution that offers fleets costs savings and lower emissions. 

Pure electric vehicles have limited range. As a result, fleet managers put them only on the shortest routes, limiting the cost reductions from cheaper electric power and limiting the emissions reduction. 

By fitting a range extender (an onboard engine & generator), Tevva removes operatlonal risk and allows maximum savings and reduction in emissions. A relationship with JAC Motors in China has enabled Tevva to develop a production specification vehicle for volume production.

The vehicle has a lower total cost of ownership (incorporating purchase price, lifetime fuel & servicing costs) than a comparable diesel truck, while producing ultra low emissions.

Recent Technology

Predictive Range Extender Management Software (PREMS) system has been developed to optimize cost savings, emission benefits and battery health.

We take fleet planned delivery routes and determine the optimum use of the range extender during the duty cycle.

The software considers a multitude of factors from the environment, urban topography, current pollution data


Department of Energy & Climate Change, Department of Transport, JAC Motors, Revolve, Goodwolfe, Embed, Magtec


21 investors, including Angel Co Fund, Yajilarra Trust (Australia), angel investors and private individuals. Chairman is Sir Trevor Chinn (ex Chairman RAC, AA & KwikFit)

Contact details

Robin Hilton

CFO Tevva Motors Limited

+44 7738 018411

12 Tallon Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 1TF

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Praseeda Nair

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