Dutch truck manufacturer DAF Trucks, part of the US Paccar Group, now offers customers a complete range of charging stations with outputs from 20 kW to 350 kW. Mobile chargers with an output of 24 kW to 40 kW are available as well.
The chargers that DAF Trucks added to the range come from Paccar’s portfolio. The Americans, who sell their trucks in the States under the Kenworth and Peterbilt brands, had taken over DAF in 1996.
According to DAF, the 20- to 50-kW chargers are designed to be suitable for the daily operation of individual vehicles charging overnight. For the stronger 120- to 180-kW chargers, DAF claims charge times of less than three hours for most truck models. This makes these units suitable “for fleets with electric vehicles on multiple routes or in multiple shifts,” DAF says. Clients may use the mobile chargers in workshops or roadside assistance where “maximum flexibility in the charging infrastructure is required.”
With up to 350 kW of charging power, the top model can charge either one vehicle in less than two hours or two vehicles at up to 175 kW, claims DAF, and thus, like the 180 kW charger, fully charge a truck in around three hours.
If desired, DAF will also work with partners to install the charging infrastructure and advise customers on the appropriate charging solution. This will also include “site assessments, energy modelling and engineering at the customer site.”
“The application of fully electric trucks requires a specific way of planning and operations,” states Richard Zink, Director Marketing & Sales of DAF Trucks. “DAF makes this conversion as easy as possible for its customers. We always advise about how an electric truck delivers the highest return on investment in daily operation. And as from today, we also offer our customers premium quality charging equipment so that they are assured of the most optimal integration between the truck and charging station.”
DAF offers two all-electric models. The CF Electric now has a range of over 200 kilometres thanks to a new battery, and with the appropriate charging equipment, the vehicle can do over 500 kilometres a day. At the beginning of 2021, DAF introduced the LF Electric, a 19-ton electric truck.
Customers can purchase the chargers from DAF dealers and TRP store locations.