The first DAF CF Electric 6x2 refuse collection truck in the world has begun operations for Dutch firm ROVA it was announced this week.
A public waste disposal business, ROVA is testing the unique zero emission DAF CF against four other vehicles in the city of Zwolle.
It features a VDL electric powertrain with a fully electric VDL waste collection body.
DAF has been running smaller DAF CF Electric 4x2 prime movers in transport operations at leading Dutch and German freight specialists since 2018.
While DAF has commenced limited sales of its CF Electric tractor in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, four fully electric 6×2 chassis are now entering a field test for refuse collection applications.
According to the commercial vehicle manufacturer, the 3-axle vehicles provide high payload (gross vehicle mass of up to 28-tonnes) and offer excellent manoeuvrability by incorporating a new steered trailing axle making it suitable for dense urban areas.
The VDL E-power driveline fitted to the DAF CF Electric 6×2 waste collection truck provides 210 kW of power and a torque of 2,000 Nm.
Waste collection trucks typically return to the depot every few hours to unload, at which time a DAF CF Electric can recharge up to 80 per cent battery capacity in only 30 minutes.
The driveline is powered by a battery pack generating 170 kWh, more than sufficient for covering regular garbage collection routes.
Marco van Lente, ROVA General Director said the ease of operation is key to the DAF CF Electric refuse collection truck.
“The DAF CF Electric is just as good and easy to operate as any conventionally powered truck and we truly believe it is important to participate from the start in the energy transition as natural resources are becoming increasingly rare,"he said.
"It is in our DNA to take care of the future of our planet and the use of low emission vehicles is part of our sustainability plan.”
Performance-Based Standards (PBS) has come a long way since it was first introduced by the National Transport Commission (NTC) in 2007. Over a decade later, a growing number of fleets are realising the advantages of innovative, optimised engineering and how that directly impacts the profitability of a business. The number of registered vehicles, to date, is steadily on the rise year-on-year.