Road Transport Expo: DAF Trucks to showcase International Truck of the Year full range at new industry show

Hayley Tayler
April 9, 2023

DAF Trucks’ New Generation DAF range – comprising XF, XG and XG+ models – is being shown in full at the first Road Transport Expo (RTX) at NAEC Stoneleigh.

Following its online launch event last year, the New Generation DAF range has since picked-up the prestigious International Truck of the Year Award 2022.

DAF Trucks is the first manufacturer to take advantage of the EU’s new ‘masses and dimensions’ legislation, which have allowed it to fully focus on aerodynamics.

The truck maker said this has helped significantly towards delivering an overall potential 10% fuel saving for operators, whilst offering improved safety, especially for vulnerable road users by virtue of improved direct vision.

DAF added that the new streamlined, elongated cabs also offer increased space, which together with a “refined interior and exceptional ride and handling, deliver superb levels of driver comfort”.

RTX also provides DAF Trucks with the opportunity to showcase its zero-emission electric product offerings, in the shape of a 19-tonne DAF LF Electric and CF Electric 4x2 tractor.

HVO – dramatic CO2 reduction available now

Featuring on DAF Trucks’ RTX stand will be New Generation DAF XF 480 FTG, an XG 530 FT Low-Deck and a range topping XG+ 530 FTG.

The trucks are all fuelled with HVO (hydro-treated vegetable oil); a drop-in alternative to diesel requiring no vehicle modifications and delivering a 90% reduction in CO2 emissions from well-to-wheel compared to regular diesel.

The manufacturer said it is seeing a steady pick-up of operators turning to this environmentally friendly fuel.

DAF LF Electric and CF Electric

Co-starring alongside the New Generation DAF at RTX will be a zero-emission 19-tonne DAF LF Electric and 37-tonne CF Electric tractor.

These are two of three current battery electric models from DAF Trucks, alongside a 27-tonne CF Electric 6x2 rigid ideally suited for refuse collection and for other urban distribution applications.

The British-built 19-tonne LF Electric is designed and manufactured at Leyland Trucks in Lancashire.

The vehicle on show is fitted with a Solomon refrigerated body equipped with a Frigoblock refrigeration unit powered from the main vehicle batteries delivering an entirely zero-emissions transport solution.

DAF Trucks’ LF Electric and CF Electric are now in service in multiple operations with over 30 vehicles on UK roads, including 20 LF Electric with the NHS Supply Chain and local authorities as part of the government-backed Battery Electric Truck Trial.

Five CF Electric tractor have also been delivered to Amazon, while two CF Electrics are in operation with South Wales-based FSEW under contract with Tesco.

PACCAR charging solutions

DAF’s LF Electric exhibit is also being showcased with a PACCAR charging unit; one of a range of static and mobile PACCAR charging solutions that are available from 20kW to 350kW to suit both AC and DC charging.

Experts from DAF Trucks will be on-stand to explain how it is delivering a comprehensive package of support for the roll-out of its battery electric vehicles (BEV) into service, including service and parts support, and dedicated training for its technicians at UK DAF Dealer locations matched to customers’ area of operation.

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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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