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DAF Enters Electric Race
Posted: 21-May-2018 |


DAF is the latest company to build a fully electric truck in cooperation with its compatriot VDL, specialists in vehicle electrification.

The CF Electric is a 4x2 tractor unit developed for up to 40-ton distribution applications within urban areas in which single or double axle semi-trailers are the standard.

The Dutch truck maker claims that it "…was among the first manufacturers to introduce a hybrid electric distribution truck in Europe and has continued to develop hybrid and electric powertrains."

CF Electric like many electric freight vehicles are suited to applications within urban areas.

"As cities announce their intention to require zero emissions and ultra-low noise we will make sure our customers have the optimal solutions for their success," says Preston Feight, president of DAF trucks.

VDL president Willem van der Leegte says that his company aims to be the world leader in vehicle electrification and that this a crucial step towards that goal.

"VDL has proven itself as a leader in fully electric buses for public transport and has already delivered hundreds of electric buses to public transport operators throughout Europe.

"Partnering with DAF on this electric truck is an exciting development and represents a tremendous opportunity for two Eindhoven-based technology companies to lead the electric commercial vehicle world.".

The electric truck features a 210 kW electric motor, which gets its energy from the lithium-ion battery pack with a current total capacity of 170 kWh.

The CF Electric has a range of approximately 100 kilometres which is appropriate for high volume metro freight applications.

Quick charging of the batteries can be executed in 30 minutes or a complete full charge of around 1.5 hours.


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