Truck manufacturer Daf is to release a CF tractor unit into operation with a number of customers in mainland Europe later this year.
In this development, Daf is partnering with Dutch technology company VDL Groep, which is known for its work on electric buses.
The CF Electric is a 4×2 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 CF Electric has a range of about 100km (62 miles) so it is being aimed at high volume distribution applications. A complete battery charge can be done in 1.5 hours.
The vehicles feature VDL E-Power Technology for zero emissions and ultra-low noise. These field test trucks will be manufactured by DAF and the full electric installation will be completed by VDL.
“Daf has a strong history of developing innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of our customers and we will continue to provide them the full complement of appropriate technology choices to ensure their success,” said
Preston Feight, Daf Trucks president. “Daf was among the first manufacturers to introduce a hybrid electric distribution truck in Europe and has continued to develop hybrid and electric powertrains. 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.”