DAF Trucks to build its first all-electric CF unit designed for urban operation

Hayley Tayler
May 16, 2018

Market-leading truck manufacturer DAF is building a fully-electric CF tractor unit aimed at hauliers that need to deliver into urban areas.

It will be partnering on the project with Dutch technology firm VDL Groep, which is well-known across Europe for its work on electric buses.

The zero-emission, low-noise 4x2 tractor unit has been developed for up to 40-tonne distribution operations within urban areas in which single or double-axle semi-trailers are typically used.

It features a 100km (62 miles) range on one charge, with fast charging of batteries achieved in 30 minutes, or a full charge in around 90 minutes.

The CF Electric will be powered by a 210W electric motor, which gets its energy from the lithium-ion battery pack with a current total capacity of 170 kWh.

All vehicles will be manufactured by DAF, with the full electric installation completed by VDL.

The first series of electric trucks will be heading out on trial to major customers in mainland Europe.

A date for full production has not yet been announced, but a DAF spokesman confirmed to CM that this would follow a series of extensive field testing and trials to ensure full reliability of the new technology.

“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”, said Preston Feight, DAF Trucks president.

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

Willem van der Leegte, president of VDL Groep, added: “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.”

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Hayley Tayler

Hayley Tayler has worked across Road Transport Media’s portfolio of publications, including Commercial Motor and Motor Transport, since 2008 in a number of editorial roles from news reporter to urban editor. She now specialises in events and projects content for the business, including the Road Transport Expo and a series of industry research reports.

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