Foton electric truck gains Europe type approval

Chinese EV truck manufacturer Foton said its iBlue EV truck has been awarded a European Whole Vehicle Type Approval (WVTA) certificate from Germany’s TUV Rheinland, the independent, third-party testing, inspection and certification organization, also one of the designated technical services for WVTA.

The truck manufacturer said the model now “fully complies with the high standards of EU regulations”. [and] could therefore be exported to EU and non-EU countries and regions that require WVTA certification”.

This was also the first EU type-approval certificate for electric vehicles for trucks.

The EU WVTA certificate serves as an ‘entry ticket’ for automotive products sold on the EU market and is accepted without the need for further testing until a guideline is updated or the design changed, Foton claimed.

The iBlue truck passed about 30 item checks for WVTA certificate, such as EMC, Electrical Safety Specification, NVH, Lane Departure Warning and Advanced Emergency Braking.

It uses a high-capacity, high-energy-density CATL battery and a PMSM (Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor).

Foton added that its all-electric buses had been certified by the WVTA and were put into service in New Zealand in April this year.

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