DAF Trucks has introduced its CF Electric truck for the UK market, with series production to commence from the end of March 2021.
Following successful in-service trials with operators in Germany and the Netherlands, the new Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) offers full-electric, emissions-free operation on 4×2 tractor and 6×2 rigid models in full UK, right-hand-drive specification.
Equipped with the latest generation LFP (Lithium Ferro (iron) Phosphate) battery technology the CF Electric delivers significant operational benefits over its previous battery pack installation, including a single-charge range of up to 220km and an impressive weight reduction of 700kg.
The new battery pack delivers 350kWh (315kWh effective capacity) and is capable of full recharge in 75-minutes when connected to a 250kW charging station. Incorporating a full recharge into a drivers’ mandatory break will likely provide the CF Electric with full-day operational capability on urban distribution work.
The DAF CF Electric made its UK debut at the 2019 CV Show, where a 4×2 tractor unit was exhibited on loan from Dutch operator, Simon Loos. The BEV has gone on to deliver hugely successful trials with, among others, supermarket chains Albert Heijn and Jumbo. Trials of the CF Electric tractor unit elsewhere in the Netherlands, and in Germany, have now confirmed DAF’s BEV credentials regarding safety, reliability and productivity.
A number of CF Electric 6×2 rigids fitted with refuse collection bodies have also been operating in the Netherlands, and proving ideally suited to waste collection duties. The 6×2 rigid chasis is, of course, also aimed squarely at the urban distribution sector.
The DAF CF Electric 6×2 rigid features DAF’s ‘FAN’ axle configuration comprising a steer, drive and lifting rear-steer tag-axle, with DAF’s latest Electro-Hydraulic Steering (EHS) system on the rearmost axle to assist manoeuvrability. The CF Electric 4×2 tractor unit at 37-tonnes GCW provides emissions-free solutions for a range of inter-urban truck-and-trailer applications, while the 6×2 rigid is expected to appeal primarily to waste collection and city distribution operations.