DAF Trucks charged-up for ITT Hub return

This week saw market-leading DAF Trucks return to the ITT Hub at Farnborough with examples of it award winning truck range plus a zero-emission LF Electric 19-tonner.

New Generation DAF XF450 FTP ADR/Pet Reg and XG 530 FT low-deck tractors unit was featuring on DAF Trucks’ stand, while an XG480 FTG 6×2 tractor – fully laden to 44-tonnes GCW – was made available for driving evaluation on ITT Hub’s ride-and-drive route.

The truck, which is equipped with PACCAR MX-13 12.9-litre engine, is fuelled by 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.

DAF Trucks is seeing a steady pick-up of operators turning to this environmentally friendly fuel, with companies such as JSP hauliers seeing the benefits.

Co-starring alongside the New Generation DAF at ITT Hub was a zero-emission LF Electric, which made its debut at ITT Hub last year alongside its CF Electric 37-tonne GVW 4×2 tractor stablemate. The CF Electric is also available, today, as a 27-tonne GVW 6×2 rigid, ideally suited as a refuse collection vehicle and for other urban distribution applications. The British-built 19-tonne GVW LF Electric, together with its PACCAR box-van body, is designed and manufactured at Leyland Trucks in Lancashire.

DAF’s LF Electric ITT Hub exhibit was also 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.

DAF Trucks’ latest zero-emissions 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.