Dutch DAF has turned to VDL as they want to electrify their truck business. VDL delivers the EV system including a 170 kWh battery and the electric semi is to haul up to 40 tons through cities. A small number of e-trucks will take up service at selected clients this year.
DAF is jumping on the electric truck bandwagon and got VDL in its tow. The Dutch company wants them to convert their existing CF line, resulting in an electric truck with a 170 kWh battery pack and a 210 kW electric motor.
Compared to similar models such as the Volvo FE Electric or Daimler’s Fuso eCanter, the battery pack is rather small but DAF gave range at 100 kilometres, loaded, and says the electric semi may charge DC in half an hour to top up – this is likely enough for an 80 percent charge. A full quick charge takes 1.5 hours.
Both DAF and VDL are based in Eindhoven and praise their chance for close cooperation. Says Willem van der Leegte, president of VDL Groep: “Partnering with DAF on this electric truck is an exciting development and represents a tremendous opportunity for two Eindhoven based technology companies to lead the electric commercial vehicle world.”
DAF had the following to say on the matter. Comments Preston Feight, DAF Trucks president: “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.”
Therefore, the focus is on cities. The CF Electric as a 4×2 tractor unit is developed for up to 40 ton distribution applications and single or double axle semi-trailers which are typical in the urban environment.