DAF TRUCKS is soon to introduce its CF Electric truck for the UK market, with series production commencing at the end of next month. Following successful in-service trials in Germany and the Netherlands, the new Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) offers full-electric, emissions free operation on 4×2 tractor and 6×2 rigid models in right-hand-drive spec.
Equipped with the latest generation LFP (Lithium Ferro (iron) Phosphate) battery technology the CF Electric delivers a number of operational benefits, including a single-charge range of up to 220km and a weight reduction of 700kg. The new battery pack delivers 350kWh (315kWh effective capacity) and is capable of full recharge in 75 minutes when connected to a 250kW charging station.
Incorporating a recharge into a drivers’ mandatory break will likely provide the CF Electric with full day operational capability on urban distribution work, said DAF.
Readers will remember the DAF CF Electric making its UK debut at the 2019 CV Show, with a 4×2 tractor unit on loan from Dutch operator, Simon Loos.
A number of CF Electric 6×2 rigids fitted with refuse collection bodies have also been operating in the Netherlands on waste collection duties. The 6×2 rigid chassis is aimed squarely at the urban distribution sector.