Jun 13: Pune-based auto ancillary and defence products firm Bharat Forge Ltd (BFL) on Tuesday announced a strategic investment of £ 10 million in Tevva Motors (Jersey) Ltd, a company based in Chelmsford, UK.
Tevva provides electric powertrain solutions for commercial vehicles and buses in the 7.5 -14 T weight category. This is soon to be extended for the development of new commercial vehicles, especially trucks and buses.
According to the company, these vehicles actively and autonomously manage the use of the range extender by utilizing Tevva’s ground-breaking, patented software, Predictive Range Extender Management System (PREMS), to ensure only electric drive is used in low carbon zones and other city centers.
Bharat Forge said that the current development is its 3rd major initiative in the EV space, and comes shortly after the start of the ‘Engineering and Development Centre’ at MIRA, UK and the investment in Tork Motorcycles Pvt Ltd, India (an electric drivetrain company, mainly focused on electric two wheelers and/or premium electric motor cycles).
By virtue of this investment, Bharat Forge has also acquired a license for commercialisation of the Tevva technology within India and for strengthening its Research and Development activities in the e-mobility space.
“The investment helps position Bharat Forge at the forefront in the fast-growing EV market to identify technology trends and co-develop solutions for electric mobility in India and abroad. Bharat Forge aims to create a range of products to complement the requirements of OEMs, thereby growing its revenue per vehicle,” the company said.
Edward Hyams, Chairman of Tevva, welcomed the investment from Bharat Forge and expressed that this new funding will enable Tevva to scale up their operations in the UK and get more electric trucks onto Britain’s roads helping to meet the needs of zero emission zones in cities such as London and Leeds.
According to Baba Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Forge, “this will also bring very focused and state-of-the-art EV powertrain solutions to our customers in India and worldwide. This investment coupled with the ongoing work at Tork Motorcycles will enable Bharat Forge to gain better understanding of the 2-wheeler and the Commercial Vehicle EV space.”