DAF Trucks is taking the next step in the development of electric drivelines by doubling the range of the DAF CF Electric, with VDL e-power technology, to more than 200 kilometres. In addition, the introduction of a new generation of batteries means a weight reduction of 700 kg, which translates directly into higher payload.
DAF is at the forefront of the development and sale of fully electric trucks. Field operational tests of the first models of the CF Electric already began in 2018 with Dutch and German customers, after which the second generation – equipped with new software and a new dashboard – went on sale last year.
The DAF CF Electric is ideal for zero emissions and quiet use in urban areas, for general distribution, supermarket supply and for waste collection. DAF currently offers the CF Electric as a 4×2 tractor (GCW: 37-tonnes) and as a 6×2 rigid with steered trailing axle for maximum manoeuvrability (GVW: 28-tonnes).
The newest generation of CF Electric vehicles builds upon the proven reliability and user-friendliness of previous generations. A new development to the current generation is the lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 350 kWh (315 kWh effective capacity). In addition to being more powerful, the battery pack is also much lighter – no less than 700 kg. This reduction translates directly into higher payload.
The battery is conditioned, meaning that the temperature always remains between 25 and 40 degrees Celsius, regardless of the weather, which supports durability and the consistent level of performance of the battery pack.
Thanks to the increased capacity of the battery pack – which retains the same dimensions – the CF Electric now has a range of over 200 kilometres, a twofold increase compared with previous generations. Fully charging the battery is usually carried out at the truck’s home base and takes about 75 minutes using a charging station with a capacity of 250 kilowatt.
By recharging the battery while (un)loading or during the driver’s break, it is possible to drive up to 500 fully electric kilometres a day in the DAF CF Electric. This is very advantageous in terms of the truck’s productivity and efficiency.
The use of electric vehicles requires a specific approach from the customer. That is why DAF offers its customers support through advanced route simulation models to help devise the most efficient planning for their vehicle, including useful advice on smart and efficient recharging of the battery. DAF also offers advice – together with selected suppliers, such as VDL – regarding the optimal charging infrastructure.
The CF Electric with extended range will go on sale in Europe this month, with delivery expected to start in early 2021.