Developed by DAF and VDL, the CF Electric will be used by Jumbo to supply its stores in the south of the Netherlands, and marks the start of a large-scale field test for the vehicle.
The 4x2 tractor is designed for urban operations at up to 37 tonnes and has a range of 100km. At the core of its powertrain is a 210kW electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack with a capacity of 170 kWh.
The battery has a 30-minute, quick-charge feature and a full charge takes 1.5 hours.
Harry Wolters, DAF’s president, says the transport sector is about to undergo “a major transformation”, and says electric trucks will become the norm for urban deliveries “within the foreseeable future”.
On the delivery of the CF Electric to Jumbo, he says: “This project will allow us to gather useful data and experience in relation to both the technology and the operational aspects. We can then use our findings to ensure that the final series-production model provides the ideal solution to future market requirements.”
A charging station has been installed at Jumbo’s distribution centre in Veghel. V-Storage, a joint venture between VDL Groep and Scholt Energy Control, is assessing the feasibility of fitting solar panels to power the charging station.