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DAF previews hybrid future at IAA

Commercial vehicle manufacturer, DAF Trucks, is exhibiting its full product and services range including its new electric truck range as part of the IAA 2018 event currently taking place in Hanover, Germany.

With over 90 years of heritage, DAF Trucks is showcasing its complete highway and vocational product range including its LF Electric, CF Electric and CF Hybrid Innovation trucks at the largest truck exhibition in Europe.

The XF for heavy and long distance transport is also on display as the company provides its customers with a glimpse of what the not-too-distant future holds.

Both the CF and XF were voted International Truck of the Year 2018 with their package of technical innovations, resulting in 7 per cent fuel efficiency enhancement.

With over 1,100 sales and service dealers spread across the globe, DAF has chosen to highlight the full range of services to support their product range including PACCAR Financial, PacLease, PACCAR Parts, DAF MultiSupport Repair and Maintenance and the DAF Connect fleet management system

Harry Wolters, President DAF Trucks NV, who joined the organisation 22 years ago said PACCAR recorded $2.72 billion in operating cash flow in 2017 on top of its $19.46 billion in total revenue.

Flanked by a pair of DAF CF trucks he said the electric vehicles are a key part of DAF’s vision of future transport.

“The market has grown significantly and so has DAF’s market share. Over the past four years DAF’s market share in the over 16 tonnes grew from 13.8 to a record 16.5 per cent in the first half of this year,” said Wolters.

“This is a reflection of customer recognition of our excellent new CF and XF trucks as well as the fantastic teams of DAF employees and DAF dealers.”

He said DAF was a market leader in eight European countries

Ron Borsboom, DAF Trucks NV Board of Management – Director Product Development said the new range of trucks represented the pinnacle of transport efficiency.

“Fuel consumption of the new XF is no less than 21 per cent better than the XF from 2001,” he said.

“We are committed to reducing Co2 emissions and embrace ambitious but realistic targets.”

According to Borsboom, DAF Trucks NV was aiming to reduce its fuel burn by an additional 7 per cent by 2025.

His presentation took in the four concepts of electronification drivelines. These included Mild Hybrid, Strong Hybrid, Battery Electric and Fuel Cell, which is similar to Battery Electric but adds a fuel cell to extend the range of the truck.

Borsboom expected that as hydrogen distribution develops Fuel Cell trucks would become an effective solution for low emission trucks.

Meanwhile, the Battery electric vehicle was likely the most feasible truck for city applications between eight and 19 tonnes.

“When kilometres in the city are combined with longer distances between cities and higher payloads are needed a parallel plug-in hybrid maybe a better alternative,” he said.

“For on-highway transport and moderate to high vehicle weights going long distances the modern and efficient diesel power train remains the best option.”

A preview of the DAF LF Battery Electric model followed. The commercial light vehicle will be rated at a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of 19 tonnes, with the electric motor peaking at 250 kW.

The Lithium-ion battery pack possesses a range of up to 220 kilometres. A quick battery charge option of 70 minutes, according to Borsboom, would ensure the battery reached 80 per cent of its capacity.

The DAF CF Battery Electric vehicle was suited to supermarket deliveries and can be charged in 30 minutes during operational intermissions while loading and unloading.

“The electric motor offers the possibility of zero emissions in urban areas," said Borsboom. 

"Hybrid technology offers excellent vehicle flexibility as well as additional fuel savings,” he said.

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