DAF Trucks is showcasing its New Generation DAF range at the ITT Hub show in Farnborough, and two of the main attractions—shown for first time in the UK—are DAF’s LF Electric and CF Electric. The zero-emission trucks are now for sale, and DAF is also displaying a 40-kilowatt example of the mobile PACCAR battery-charging stations to support the DAF Electric series trucks.
Electrics Fit To Application
The CF Electric boasts gross combination weights (GCW) of up to 37 tonnes (41 U.S. tons) as a tractor unit and gross vehicle weights (GVW) of up to 29 t (32 U.S. t) as a 6x2 rigid, making it well-suited for jobs like supermarket distribution and inter-urban transportation. The 29-t 6x4 rigid also fits in with utility distribution applications, such as refuse collection.
The LF Electric, by comparison, is a 19-tonner (21 U.S. t) designed specifically for urban distribution. “With our range of LF Electric and CF Electric vehicles, together with PACCAR chargers, DAF can provide operators with the complete zero-emission package; all supported by the legendary DAF back-up,” says David Price, municipal and electric vehicle sales manager with DAF.
Using the latest-generation lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery technology, DAF’s Electric truck series feature batteries with no cobalt or magnesium to improve sustainability. And by packaging the batteries to produce a higher energy density per litre in combination with better overall thermal safety designs, DAF optimises the performance. On the CF Electric, for example, the new LFP batteries support a single-charge range of up to 220 kilometres (137 miles), while delivering a full recharge in only 75 minutes when connected to a 250-kW charging station. The new LFP batteries are backed by a six-year warranty.