Students and apprentices at the MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) in the UK have welcomed the delivery of a brand-new electric truck to help them get to grips with the latest electric vehicle technology.
The 7.5-metric-ton Tevva battery electric-truck is based at the MTI’s workshops and will be instantly accessible for every student, enabling them to gain an awareness and understanding of electric and hybrid vehicles, so that they can learn how to inspect, diagnose and rectify systems and components.
Lisa Bingley, operations director for the MTI, said, “The Tevva truck is driven by two electric traction motors that use no rare earth materials and is equipped with a regenerative braking system that harnesses kinetic energy to boost vehicle range. It also boasts an innovative high-voltage power distribution system and proprietary embedded software, so the presence of the truck in our workshop will really help to contextualize students’ knowledge and enhance their learning experience and understanding of EV technology.”
The MTI was developed to support the automotive sector by focusing on emerging technology areas including connected and autonomous vehicles and electric cars.
Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, chair of the MTI operations board, and principal and chief executive at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, added, “The arrival of the Tevva truck marks a major milestone in our ability to bring to life the impact of the very latest technology now being used within the logistics sector.
Ken Scott, managing director of Tevva, said, “The decarbonization of trucking and wider transportation not only relies on new technology, but people. We need people with the skills and knowledge of how battery-electric and hydrogen-electric powertrains work. The MTI is doing an excellent job of addressing the skills gap and training a new generation of engineers and technicians. Tevva is delighted to be part of this vital endeavor.”