The race is on for a viable alternative to diesel engines for trucks.
One option is electric, and DAF has announced its plans to release the CF Electric truck by the end of 2018. In partnership with electrical systems supplier VDL, the trucks will feature cutting-edge technology for zero emissions and ultra-low noise.
Preston Feight, president of DAF Trucks explained: “DAF was among the first manufacturers to introduce a hybrid electric distribution truck in Europe and has continued to develop hybrid and electric powertrains.
“As cities announce their intention to require zero emissions and ultra-low noise we will make sure our customers have the optimal solutions for their success.”
Eindhoven-based VDL Group has experience of working with commercial vehicles, having delivered hundreds of electric buses to Europe-wide public transport operators.
The CF Electric is a 4×2 tractor unit designed for up to 40-ton distribution applications within urban areas. With a 210 kW electric motor powered by a 170 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the CRF Electric has a range of around 100 km and can be fully charged in 1 hr 30 mins.
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