DAF recently unveiled a new CF Electric model with a 6x2 rigid chassis. The first round of DAF CF Electric 6x2 trucks will enter field-testing with HVC and ROVA, two waste disposal specialists based in the Netherlands, followed by models going into operation in the city of Rotterdam and with Eindhoven-based waste management company Cure in 2020. HVC and ROVA will use side-loader models, while the city of Rotterdam and Cure will use models outfitted with loader cranes to handle underground containers.
The original crop of DAF CF Electric trucks were 4x2 tractor units designed for local delivery and regional transport. These vehicles have been involved in real-world tests with Dutch companies Peter Appel, Simon Loos, Tinie Manders, and Jumbo as well as with German logistics company Rhenus, which currently has two CF Electric models in its fleet.
DAF CF Electric Features
Each of the DAF CF Electric 6x2 models features a VDL Translift E-Power driveline, which features a 210-kilowatt (281.6-horsepower) motor that produces up to 2,000 newton metres (1,475 pounds-foot) of torque and a battery pack with a capacity of 170 kilowatt-hours. Operators can charge the truck’s battery to 80% in 30 minutes, which DAF says fits well with average operations where “garbage trucks usually return to the depot every few hours to unload,” at which time they can receive a quick recharge.
The DAF CF Electric 6x2 has a GVW (gross vehicle weight) of 28 tonnes and produces dramatically less noise and fewer emissions than diesel or gas-powered alternatives. DAF says this makes the newest entries in the series “ideal not only for urban distribution but also for the collection of household waste.”
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