DAF CF goes elec­tric

DAF CF elec­tric truck has be­gun oper­a­tion.

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DAF CF Elec­tric truck has be­gun oper­a­tion.

In oper­a­tion since 1998, the CF heavy truck range from DAF has be­gun oper­a­tion as an elec­tric truck. Voted as the ‘In­ter­na­tional Truck of the Year’ in 2018, the CF was treated to an elec­tric pow­er­train by its man­u­fac­turer in as­so­ci­a­tion with Nether­lands­based VDL. To elec­trify the CF, DAF Trucks has part­nered with VDL to re­lease a first se­ries of ‘field test’ trucks. Go­ing into oper­a­tion with lead­ing cus­tomers, the truck fea­tures state-of-the-art VDL E-Power Tech­nol­ogy for zero emis­sions and ul­tra-low noise. Man­u­fac­tured by DAF with the full elec­tric in­stal­la­tion done by VDL Groep in Eind­hoven, and in what is con­sid­ered as a demon­stra­tion of strong co-oper­a­tion be­tween the two com­pa­nies in the field of elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of CVs, the elec­tric CF is pow­ered by a 210 kW mo­tor. A 4x2 trac­tor unit de­vel­oped for up to 40-tonne dis­tri­bu­tion ap­pli­ca­tions within ur­ban ar­eas in which sin­gle or dou­ble axle semi-trail­ers are the stan­dard, the elec­tric CF pro­duces a peak torque of 2000 Nm. Us­ing VDL’s ad­vanced E-Power Tech­nol­ogy for full-elec­tric oper­a­tion, the truck gets its en­ergy from the lithium-ion bat­tery pack with a ca­pac­ity of 170 kWh.

With a range of ap­prox­i­mately 100 kilo­me­tres, which is ap­pro­pri­ate for high vol­ume dis­tri­bu­tion ap­pli­ca­tions, the elec­tric CF weighs 9,700 kg. Ex­pressed Pre­ston Feight, Pres­i­dent, DAF Trucks, “DAF was among the first man­u­fac­tur­ers to in­tro­duce a hy­brid elec­tric dis­tri­bu­tion truck in Europe and has con­tin­ued to de­velop hy­brid and elec­tric pow­er­trains.” Stat­ing that DAF has a strong his­tory of de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tive solutions to meet the evolv­ing needs of our cus­tomers and we will con­tinue to pro­vide them the full com­ple­ment of ap­pro­pri­ate tech­nol­ogy choices to en­sure their suc­cess, Feight men­tioned, “As cities an­nounce their in­ten­tion to re­quire zero emis­sions and ul­tra-low noise we will make sure our cus­tomers have the op­ti­mal solutions for their suc­cess.” The quick charg­ing of bat­ter­ies ex­e­cuted in 30 min­utes (a com­plete full charge can be ac­com­plished in 1.5 hours), the elec­tric CF, on the out­side, looks no dif­fer­ent from that of a diesel pow­ered equiv­a­lent. In­side too, it does not look very dif­fer­ent from that of the con­ven­tional, diesel pow­ered CF. In­ter­est­ing is the fully-dig­i­tal in­stru­ment con­sole and the mul­ti­func­tional steer­ing wheel.

Ul­tra quiet to ex­e­cute night-time de­liv­er­ies, the elec­tric CF, ac­cord­ing to Willem van der Leegte, pres­i­dent of VDL Groep, is an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment and rep­re­sents a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity for the two com­pa­nies (VDL Groep and DAF) to lead the elec­tric com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle world. Men­tioned Willem van der Leegte, “VDL has not just proven it­self as a leader in fully elec­tric buses for pub­lic trans­port, it has al­ready de­liv­ered hun­dreds of elec­tric buses to pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors through­out Europe.”

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