DAF debuts XB Electric

DAF Trucks is expanding its electric range with the new XB Electric 19-tonne gross vehicle weight (GVW) rigid, with availability also at 12.0- and 16.0-tonnes GVW.
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The 19.0-tonner is propelled by a 190kW e-motor via a 210kWh battery, while a larger 282kWh battery is also on offer. At 12.0- and 16-tonnes, the XB Electric features a 120kW e-motor. Depending on spec and application, ranges of up to 350km may be achieved.

To minimise its environmental impact, DAF uses cobalt- and magnesium-free, lithium iron (ferrous) phosphate high energy density ‘LFP’ battery packs.

The New DAF XB comes with a host of new features. Exterior updates include a new grille and slimline mirrors which contribute to improved direct vision, while on the inside the XB features the same 12-inch digital display.

For speed and ease of body installation, the XB chassis features a new hole grid pattern.

Conventionally powered XB models feature the latest generation of PACCAR PX-5 (4.5 litre, with ratings of 170, 190 and 210 hp) and PX-7 (6.7-litre, with ratings of 230, 260, 290 and 310 hp) engines and available with the PowerLine eight-speed automatic gearbox delivering optimal gear spread and steps. Powershifting without any torque interruption is expected to enable smooth shifts and quick throttle response. In addition, the transmission provides low speed manoeuvrability thanks to the urge-to-move feature upon releasing the brake pedal.

Six- and nine-speed manual transmissions are also available for the DAF XB series, while automatic Allison gearboxes can be ordered for special applications.

The XB is available as a FA 4x2 rigid at 7.5-tonnes, 10-12-tonnes, 14-16-tonnes and 18-tonnes GVW. There is also an XBC at 18-tonnes GVW specifically designed for on/off road applications such as skip-loader, tipper and mixer, plus a dedicated XB 16-tonne GVW sweeper chassis.

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