DAF starts deliveries of 19-ton LF Electric truck

DAF Trucks has started deliveries of its zero-emission, battery-electric LF truck, aimed at use in urban areas. The first one goes to Dutch logistics service provider Nabuurs, delivering beer to hospitality establishments in Groningen for the AB InBev brewing company.

AB InBev wants to reach a net zero carbon footprint in its supply chain globally by 2040 and has all kinds of zero-emission truck projects running worldwide. In Belgium, it partners with Colruyt and uses, for instance, a DAF CF Electric adapted by the Dutch VDL Group with a fuel cell to run on hydrogen for more range.

First with a battery-electric truck

DAF claims it was 2018 the first European truck manufacturer to introduce a fully electric truck to the market: the CF Electric, with an electric range of around 200 kilometers. While the CF Electric is aimed more at the regional supply of supermarkets and garbage collection services, says DAF, the LF Electric is more suitable for lighter distribution tasks, thanks to its compact dimensions.

This one has a 260 kW (370 kW peak capacity) electric motor powered by a 282 kWh (252 kWh effective) lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery, which is cobalt and magnesium-free, according to the company. It gives the 19-ton truck with a payload allowance of 11 700 kilograms an effective range of 280 km.

Expensive DC charging infrastructure

Complete charging at 400V AC, 22 kW, takes 12 hours while charging from 20 to 80% can be done in 6,5 hours. Fast charging up to 150 kW DC reduces charging times from 20-80% to 60 minutes or two hours to 100%.

“The fact that the LF Electric can be charged both quickly and slowly is a major plus for Nabuurs,” says Dolf Hubertus, fleet manager at the logistics services provider. “It means we don’t have to invest immediately in expensive DC charging facilities. The vehicle can be hooked up to a normal 22 kWh charger at the end of the day and be ready for use the next morning.”

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