DAF recently unveiled the LF Electric, a follow-up to the CF Electric that has been in operation with several customers covering thousands of kilometres in real-world use. While the CF Electric supports gross combination weights (GCWs) of up to 37 tonnes (41 U.S. tons) as a tractor unit and gross vehicle weights (GVWs) of up to 29 t (32 U.S. t) as a 6x2 rigid, the new LF Electric is a 19-tonner (21 U.S. t) designed specifically for urban distribution. The CFs, DAF says, is better-suited to supermarket distribution and inter-urban transportation.
A key advantage of the LF Electric is that it benefits from years of design work that went into the current iteration of the standard LF, which means it has enhanced visibility and a tight turning circle. DAF says the LF Electric will go into full production in May.
Powerful & Efficient
The DAF LF Electric is equipped with a Dana, permanent magnet electric motor that produces 250 kilowatts (335 horsepower) and 1,200 newton-metres (885 pounds-foot) of torque, nominally, and 370 kW (496 HP) and 3,700 N-m (2,729 lbf-ft) of torque at its peak. With a lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery pack that offers 282 kilowatt-hours of gross energy, this new zero-emission electric vehicle has a range of at least 280 kilometres (174 miles). The batteries are built without cobalt or magnesium, which DAF says makes them more sustainable to produce, and they are more efficient with a higher energy density per litre. The batteries are covered by a six-year warranty, as well.
The LF Electric also features a combined charging system that supports both slow and fast charging, depending on when it takes place. For example, if a truck needs to charge during a break in between deliveries, DAF says fast charging with dedicated equipment will take 60 minutes to go from 20% to 80% or two hours to get back to 100%. And when the vehicle is off for the night, slow charging will take around six and a half hours to get from 20% to 80% and up to 12 hours to get to 100%. According to DAF, slow charging is three-phase with 400 volts AC at 22 kW, while fast charging is 650 volts DC at 150 kW.
An Array Of Options
DAF offers several options for the LF Electric, including a 400-volt e-PTO (electric power take-off) that can power auxiliary equipment. This option doesn’t require a dedicated generator and is fully electric, ensuring the entire combination still produces zero emissions. There are also two wheelbase options from which to choose; 5,300 or 5,850 millimetres (209 or 230 inches). Regardless, the LF Electric has a chassis weight of 7,300 kilograms (16,094 pounds) and a payload capacity of up to 11,700 kg (25,794 lbs).
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