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.

New driveability improvements for Volvo Trucks' transmissions

Volvo Trucks is to introduce new features to improve safety and driveability on bumpy or slippery roads.

Terrain Brake, Change Direction and Active Grip Control along with an updated cruise control will all be made available to help improve driveability and manoeuvrability of Volvo Trucks.

“Thanks to several smart updates of the I-Shift gearbox, we have managed to make a range of new functions available that improve driveability, safety and comfort. Each is designed to give the driver greater control and ease of operation when manoeuvring,” said Pär Bergstrand, Volvo Trucks heavy duty transmission manager.

Terrain Brake is for driving at low speeds over rough and uneven ground and applies the brakes as soon as the driver releases the accelerator. Terrain Brake holds its position without rolling, which enables small movements, with great precision – for example, if balanced on a large rock or on a curb – preventing the truck from rolling off.

“The Terrain Brake is ideal for off-road conditions like construction sites, mines or uneven roads, but it can also be useful for manoeuvring in cities and navigating over speed bumps and street curbs. Regardless of the situation, it will give the driver much greater agility and control, making the job safer and easier,” added Bergstrand.

Change Direction makes it easier to manoeuvre a truck at low speeds. Instead of applying the brake, the driver can switch into reverse while still moving forwards and will automatically ease the vehicle to a standstill and then start moving in reverse, while the driver simply holds the accelerator pedal. To move forward again, the driver just switches into forward gear and keeps holding the accelerator.

Active Grip Control improves stability and acceleration in slippery conditions through sensors which detect if the truck starts to skid. It has been designed to reduce the risk of jack-knifing and oversteering when driving unloaded.

Updates to the cruise control enable it to now be activated at set speeds as low as 4kph and 2kph when using crawler gears.

“I’m really proud that we have managed to develop so many useful features that are not only improving driving at construction sites, but are also helpful in many other situations, such as timber transport and when driving in cities,” Bergstrand said.

Volvo will be exhibiting at Road Transport Expo at NAEC Stoneleigh (30 June to 2 July). Register now for FREE