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DAF Trucks NV field tests new electric truck

The first CF Electric trucks from DAF Trucks NV will be in operation later this year the commercial vehicle manufacturer announced.

In partnership with Eindhoven-based technology company VDL Groep who are supplying the E-Power motor and battery, DAF Trucks NV is currently putting its first series of CF Electric trucks through an on-road evaluation.

The VDL E-Power battery will provide fast charging and up to 100 kilometres in range. A full battery charge will take 1.5 hours.

Suited for city distribution in which it is claimed to produce zero emissions, the DAF CF Electric, according to a statement put out by the company, is a low noise commercial vehicle built for quiet night-time deliveries. 

The CF Electric has been developed for up to 40 tonnes of distribution on a 4x2 tractor unit in which a single or double axle trailer is standard. Its 210kW electric motor is powered by the lithium-ion battery pack with a total capacity of 170 kWh.

Preston Feight, President DAF Trucks NV said his company’s strong history of innovation and development had evolved in accordance with meeting its customers needs as it strived to continue providing a full complement of appropriate technology choices.

“DAF was among the first manufacturers to introduce a hybrid electric distribution truck in Europe and has continued to develop hybrid and electric powertrains,” he said.

“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.”

VDL, according to Willem van der Leegte, President VDL Groep, has proven itself as a leader in fully electric buses for public transport operators throughout Europe.

“Partnering with DAF on this electric truck is an exciting development and represents a tremendous opportunity for two Eindhoven-based technology companies to lead the electric commercial vehicle world” he said.

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