Peter Appel Transport, a distribution and temperature controlled transport specialist based in the Netherlands, is currently conducting real-world testing with two DAF CF Hybrid trucks by making deliveries to supermarkets. The versatile vehicle has the capability to run on clean diesel outside of cities and then switch over to 100% electric power with zero emissions when operating in urban environments.
“With a cleaner future in mind, for DAF there is no one single technological solution for the broad spectrum of transport requirements,” says Ron Borsboom, executive director of product development at DAF. “That’s why we are testing different technologies. Fully electric is a good alternative for urban distribution, clean diesel technology an excellent option for longer distances—partly due to new types of fuel—and for the long term we are having a closer look at hydrogen as well. With the field test of the CF Hybrid, we want to assess not only its electric/diesel technology performance but also how suitable it is in terms of daily use by our clients.”
Diesel Engine Plus Electric Motor
The CF Hybrid features a 10.8-litre, 450-horsepower (335.6-kilowatt) PACCAR MX-11 engine, a 100-hp (74.6-kW) ZF electric motor with a peak of 175 hp (130.5 kW), and a ZF TraXon gearbox designed specifically for “hybrid powertrains,” DAF explains. Energy gained from the engine brake and from using Down Hill Speed Control powers the electric motor, which then helps the engine operate more efficiently.
An 85-kWh battery pack powers the electric motor, giving it a range of between 30 and 50 kilometres (18.6 and 31 miles), depending on the truck’s total weight. DAF adds that while the truck is in “diesel operation, the electric motor functions as a generator and delivers energy to the battery pack.” The truck will also be compatible with fast charging stations in the future.
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