DAF unveils New Generation DAF XB city distribution trucks

    DAF Trucks’ latest New Generation DAF XB truck series features a full line-up of distribution and vocational vehicles from 7.5- to 19-tonnes GVW.

    The new model series includes a comprehensive range of battery electric and conventionally powered vehicles, with a focus on supporting transport companies in their transition to zero emissions. The new DAF XB combines an extremely low environmental footprint with class-leading efficiency, safety and comfort.

    The new DAF XB builds upon DAF Trucks’ market leading position in the UK distribution sector between 7.5- and 18-tonnes GVW. The new distribution models will continue and enhance the lightweight and middleweight DAF rigid’s characteristics of outstanding manoeuvrability, an impressively small turning circle, great driver visibility and class-leading cab comfort, all built around a robust and reliable chassis and driveline.

    The new DAF XB series – which will enter production in the fourth quarter of 2023 – represents a new series of class-leading distribution trucks, offering a tailor-made solution for all urban and regional applications including many vocational applications. The range includes ultra-modern ‘zero emission’ electric powertrains, demonstrating DAF’s environmental leadership. Together with the new standards in efficiency, safety and driver comfort, the DAF XB series is ready for the livable city.

    With the addition the new XB series, DAF completes its New Generation line-up, sitting alongside XD, XF, XG and XG+ trucks for distribution, long haul and vocational applications – all introduced over the course of just 18-months. The New Generation XB – including a 19-tonneXBC construction model– completes DAF’s extensive, multiple award-winning product range.

    Zero emission city distribution

    DAF Trucks was the first European truck manufacturer to offer a range of battery electric trucks to the market, while further expanding its environmental credentials with New Generation XD and XF Electric models.

    Today, DAF further expands its zero-emission product offering with the new DAF XB Electric which is ideally suited to sustainable inner-city and regional distribution operations. Next to 16- and 19-tonne GVW models, a 12-tonne model with 17.5-inch wheels and a single entry-step is available. Wheelbases start from 4.2 metres.

    The e-motor propelling the XB Electric provides 120 or 190 kW of nominal power depending on specification, and a nominal torque of 950and 1,850Nm respectively (2,600 and 3,500 Nm peak). For the lowest possible environmental impact and highest durability, DAF employs cobalt and magnesium-free, lithium iron phosphate (LFP – Lithium Ferro Phosphate) high energy-density battery packs with a gross energy content of 141 up to 282 kWh. These allow XB Electric ranges of up to 350 kilometres of ultra-quiet, zero emission operation; more than enough to satisfy the needs of urban distribution transport applications.

    XBC for Construction applications

    Alongside the XB series for on-road applications, DAF is also introducing the XBC series, which excels when the going gets tough, particularly in the construction segment, and also for a wide range of utility applications. The XBC is available as an18-tonnechassisfeaturing a high ground clearance of 255mm, a large approach angle of 25 degrees, a steel front radiator plate to protect the engine bay and a sturdy lava-grey steel bumper.

    More about the new series in the next issue of Export & Freight