DAF to launch UK-made full-electric distribution rigid29 January 2021

A new 19-tonne fully-electric distribution truck for urban applications will enter production at Leyland Trucks in the UK in May.

The DAF LF Electric, developed in close cooperation with Dana Inc, features an e-motor providing 335bhp (250kW) of nominal power (496bhp peak) and a nominal torque of 1,200 Nm (3,700Nm peak). Power comes from a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery pack with a gross energy content of 282kWh (254kWh effective). This offers the LF Electric a range of no less than 174mi (280km).

Batteries on board feature cells of LFP (lithium ferrophosphate) composition. They contain no cobalt or magnesium, in the interests of sustainability, and come with a six-year warranty.

A special feature is a combined charging system. This allows the truck to be charged through the regular electricity network as well as accepting a fast charge. Through slow-charging (400V AC, 22kW, 3-phase), the battery pack can be charged from 20% to 80% in 6.5 hours. A full charge (0% to 100%) takes up to 12 hours. If dedicated equipment is available, fast charging the batteries (650V DC, 150 kW) will only take 60 minutes from 20% to 80% or two hours for a full charge.

As an option, the new DAF LF Electric is available with a 400V e-PTO for powering auxiliary equipment such as an electric cooling installation or an electro-hydraulic crane.

The LF Electric is initially available as a 19-tonne rigid, with a choice of 5.3 or 5.85 metre wheelbases. The truck offers a body & payload allowance of 11,700kg.

The vehicle follows development of the full-electric CF Electric tractor (37t GCW), primarily for supermarket distribution and inter-urban transportation. The CF Electric trucks have already clocked up several hundreds of thousands of kilometres with high profile customers. More recently, DAF expanded its EV range with the 6x2 CF Electric rigid with steered rear axle (GVW up to 29t), ideal for waste collection applications, for example.

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