ElectraMeccanica and Tevva plan merger, eye growing business in global electric truck market

Proposed merger expected to accelerate Tevva’s expansion in the electric medium- and heavy-duty CV industry, which is growing rapidly and expected to reach $67 billion in 2030.

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ElectraMeccanica and Tevva plan merger, eye growing business in global electric truck market

ElectraMeccanica, a designer and assembler of electric vehicles, and Tevva, the electric medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle manufacturer, have announced that they have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement, pursuant to which ElectraMeccanica and Tevva have agreed to a merger. The proposed transaction is intended to accelerate their combined ability to capture the growing opportunity in commercial electric trucks.

Tevva recently commenced deliveries of its 7.5-tonne battery-electric truck to commercial fleet customers focused on urban delivery – a critical and high-growth segment of the overall commercial truck market for delivery-dependent urban areas.

Tevva supports its current product with a unique and purpose-built, commercial-grade electric battery system, and its future product portfolio is being developed to include a proprietary hydrogen range-extender technology, which delivers a differentiated and sustainable dual-energy solution. Tevva’s existing 110,000-square-foot EV manufacturing facility in Tilbury, United Kingdom, would be complemented by ElectraMeccanica's recently-commissioned 235,000-square-foot facility in Mesa, Arizona, which is expected to enable the combined company to scale its production to serve the U.K., European and U.S. markets.

David Roberts, current director of Tevva and anticipated incoming executive chairman, said: “Since Tevva's founding more than 10 years ago, we have focused our engineering and product development capabilities on developing a portfolio of zero-emission CVs that have generated significant customer interest. Our vehicles have undertaken more than 300,000 miles of testing and operating experience in real-world conditions by demanding fleet operators. We are excited to merge with ElectraMeccanica and accelerate the growth of the combined company. Throughout the process, we have been impressed with ElectraMeccanica's management team and strongly believe that ElectraMeccanica’s complementary assets, skills and capital will further enhance our advantages in this large and rapidly growing market.”

Susan Docherty, CEO of ElectraMeccanica, added, “We are incredibly excited to partner with Tevva given their unique engineering expertise in an essential segment of a large and growing market. We believe this is the right time and Tevva is the right partner with which to pivot from consumer vehicles to CVs and respond to commercial fleet customer demand for superior, reliable and cost-efficient trucks. The complementary operations of the two companies and our similar values and mission give me complete confidence we can jointly create significant shareholder value. Tevva is extremely well positioned in the U.K. and European market and our world-class manufacturing facilities, combined experienced senior executive team and balance sheet will help take our combined company to the next level.”

Tevva recently commenced deliveries of its 7.5-tonne battery-electric truck to commercial fleet customers focused on urban delivery

Tevva’s focus on the commercial truck market
Since its founding in 2013, Tevva has focused on providing innovative zero-emission technology solutions for the urban delivery market. Tevva targeted this market given its size, rapid growth rate and its impact on the environment.

Commercial vehicles, which stop frequently and largely operate in urban areas, are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation is one of the largest contributors to CO2 emissions globally, and medium- and heavy-duty vehicles account for 22% of the transportation industry’s emissions. While many fleet operators recognize the benefits zero-emission vehicles deliver, they also need reliable and cost-effective solutions. Tevva states that its “products have demonstrated their reliability and ability to provide customers with a compelling return on investment.”

Tevva has built a commercial vehicle ecosystem alongside its technical partners, including strategic investor Bharat Forge, with which it has worked with since 2018, to tailor its products to the needs of its customers.

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