Written by Kfir Kedem - July 23, 2020
Edited by Asaf Kedem
DAF Trucks has delivered its first 100% electric tractor-truck, known as the DAF CF Electric FT. A tractor truck has the ability to change trailers on demand, whereas a rigid truck has the trailer attached to the chassis. DAF already has two hybrid trucks driving around the Netherlands but have now achieved a fully electric truck that is operating at the same level of a traditional one.
The truck is powered by VDL’s electric motor and is suitable for relatively short delivery routes. It was sold to Peter Appel Transport, who will be using it to deliver stock to Albert Heijn, a Dutch supermarket chain. After each journey the truck would be required to charge for 35 minutes to regain its full driving range of national distribution routes in the Netherlands.
Auto Trendy’s take:
DAF is going in the right direction with their EV developments. It is impressive to see that a company that is known for its combustion engine production is able to transition into electric drivetrains smoothly. Of course, there is still some work to be done. DAF’s trucks are known for their luxurious benefits when it comes to long hauling, thus they will probably be continuing development to enable their long haul fleet drivers to continue using DAF trucks on their international distribution journeys. Hopefully this first electric tractor truck, is only the first step for DAF’s long haul electric trucks of the future.