DAF CF Electric

DAF Trucks is now opening its order book for right-hand-drive CF Electric models.

Series production of the zero-emission 4x2 tractor and 6x2 rigid variants for the UK market will begin at the end of March 2021.

The UK roll-out follows successful in-service trials with operators in Germany and the Netherlands.

Equipped with the latest generation LFP (Lithium Ferro (iron) Phosphate) battery technology, DAF said the CF Electric delivers significant operational benefits over its previous battery pack installation, including a single-charge range of up to 220km and a 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 manufacturer added.

The DAF CF Electric made its UK debut at the 2019 CV Show, where a 4x2 tractor unit was exhibited on loan from Dutch operator, Simon Loos.

It has since been tested out in multiple operational trials across Germany and the Netherlands, including with supermarket chains Albert Heijn and Jumbo.

A number of CF Electric 6x2 rigids fitted with refuse collection bodies have also been operating in the Netherlands, with the same variant also aimed “squarely at the urban distribution sector”, according to DAF.

DAF CF Electric Rigid

The CF Electric 6x2 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 4x2 tractor unit at 37-tonnes GCW provides an emissions-free solution for a range of inter-urban truck-and-trailer applications, while the 6x2 rigid is expected to appeal primarily to waste collection and city distribution operations.

DAF Trucks is accompanying sales of the new CF Electric with a dedicated support programme to ensure operators maximise BEV efficiencies, including pre-sale advanced route simulation, and practical advice on ‘smart’ and efficient battery recharging.

“We’re really excited at the prospect of bringing the CF Electric to UK operators,” said David Price, DAF Trucks’ municipal sales manager with responsibility for sale of DAF electric vehicles in the UK.

“Interest at the CV Show last year was extremely favourable, and feedback from a group of demanding customers on the Continent provides further encouragement that we have a very capable truck well suited to the UK.

“Safety, reliability and, of course, productivity, are critical in any new product development,” he said, “and we’re confident that the CF Electric ticks these boxes, alongside the BEV’s very obvious environmental benefits.”