DAF customers have driven the company’s CF Electric truck more than 150,000 km, according to a press release from DAF. The CF Electric, a fully electric 4×2 tractor with a range of 100 km, was introduced in 2018. In June it was named Green Truck Logistics Solution 2019, putting it at the forefront of the electric truck market in Europe.
DAF is now focusing on making technological updates to the CF Electric and expanding its presence on the continent.
“We have now reached the point where we can start to sell the CF Electric in limited numbers,” said Richard Zink, member of the Board of Management and responsible for Marketing & Sales. “Think of a few dozen units on an annual basis. In order to guarantee excellent quality, we start up production in a controlled way. Simultaneously, we can thoroughly build up our service network, step-by-step.
“The CF Electric tractor unit is now available for customers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia. Depending on the local battery charging infrastructure and after-sales possibilities, sales in other parts of Europe will be considered.”
As they become more comfortable with the truck, CF Electric operators are beginning to drive it over longer distances—sometimes as much as 250 km in a single day, according to DAF.
“It is a matter of planning your trips cleverly,” Zink said. “The ability to quickly charge the batteries—with the right equipment fully charged in just over 30 minutes— means that additional kilometres are available quickly if required.”
Tinie Manders Transport is one of several companies with a CF Electric in its fleet. Eveline Manders, co-director of Tinie Manders Transport, says it is “as reliable as any other DAF Truck.”
“Planning and driving an electric truck requires a different mindset,” she added. “You have to make sure that the route fits the truck—and not the other way around. Moreover, in order to optimally use the truck, it is important that you can charge the batteries during loading and unloading. If you take these two matters into account, the electric truck can be a great alternative for urban distribution.”