Road Transport Expo 2022: Bookings now open to reserve a 'Ride & Drive' of latest truck models

If you fancy getting behind the wheel of some of the latest trucks on the market, than make sure to book yourself a Ride & Drive experience at next week’s Road Transport Expo (RTX), taking place from 30 June to 2 July at NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

A selection of vehicles from leading manufacturers Fuso, Iveco, Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Renault Trucks, Scania, Tevva and Volvo Trucks will be available for supervised demonstration drives on public roads and you can choose whether to drive yourself or ride in the passenger seat.

In addition to the latest Euro-6 diesel trucks on the market, there will also be a range of alternative fuels and technology to try out, including battery electric, plug-in hybrid, CNG and HVO options.

To book a slot to test drive a truck, simply choose your model and preferred time online and a member of our team will get in touch to confirm your reservation.

RTX is a brand-new, three-day industry event packed with everything you need to keep your HGV fleet in tip-top condition.

It combines an exhibition of more than 160 companies, alongside a topical seminar programme, product demonstrations, used truck auction, Drivers’ Day and much more.

And to top it all, it’s completely free to attend… so what are you waiting for? Book your free ticket to attend and we’ll see you there!

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

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.