DAF Trucks has started dedicated Electric Vehicle (EV) product training for its network-based DAF dealer technicians, in anticipation of new deliveries of right-hand-drive LF Electric and CF Electric vehicles for UK customers in the coming weeks.
The training is being delivered at the DAF Academy based at the firm’s head office in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire.
It forms part of a comprehensive programme of activities to prepare the DAF dealer network for the uptake of EVs, with significant investment going into tooling and charging infrastructure, as well as training.
DAF LF Electric and CF Electric models are available to order now in full UK specification and, following the first demonstrators which were delivered last year, the first customer vehicles will enter service in the coming weeks.
EV product training at the DAF Academy
DAF EV product training at the DAF Academy includes in-depth EV maintenance and diagnosis procedures specific to the DAF range of electric vehicles.
Training content comes in addition to IMI Level-3 Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement training which all delegates on the DAF EV product training have already successfully completed.
DAF training manager, Suzanne Moore, said: “We’re making sure we’re fully prepared to support customers as they adopt DAF electric vehicles into their UK operations.
“Just like any DAF truck, customers operating DAF electric vehicles can rely on legendary DAF customer support.”
‘We offer a range of mobile and static charging options’
She added: “We have electric vehicles entering regular operation, we offer a range of mobile and static charging options, and we now have fully-trained technicians in place in the network.
“And, of course, with the UK’s largest network of 135 dealer locations, we can make sure that the necessary aftersales support is right where it needs to be; close to our customers and the routes on which their vehicles will operate.”
The new 19-tonne right-hand-drive DAF LF Electric is now available in the UK, alongside CF Electric in 27-tonne 6×2 rigid and 37-tonne 4×2 tractor variants.
Three vehicles with innovative technologies at the recent CES event
Meanwhile, DAF parent company, Paccar has exhibited three vehicles with innovative technologies at the recent CES event – the world’s largest showcase for technological innovation.
The three vehicles include a battery-electric Kenworth T680E, along with its Paccar battery charger; the DAF XG+, which recently was unveiled as the International Truck of the Year 2022, featuring state-of-the-art connected services; and a Peterbilt Model 579 equipped with the Aurora self-driving system.
The Kenworth T680E battery-electric truck demonstrates the firm’s commitment to providing zero-emission commercial vehicles for its customers.
Show visitors also saw the DAF XG+ features a 10% fuel efficiency gain, new aerodynamic design, large interior space, side view cameras, advanced driver assistance technology and a state-of-the-art global connected truck platform.
And the Peterbilt 579 is equipped with Paccar’s autonomous enabling technology and configured with the self-driving system developed by Aurora, a leading self-driving technology company.