A DAF CF Electric with a 26-tonne GCW was seen climbing the Grosslockner High Alpine Road, which is Austria’s highest mountain pass. The 48 km alpine road is featured by 36 hairpin bends and 12% inclines. The reason why the electric truck had to face such challenge was that some transport operators in mountainous areas appear to have their doubts about the use of electric vehicles. So, official DAF dealer from Austria Tschann decided that it was about time to put an end to this scepticism.
DAF CF Electric truck through the Alps
The CF Electric with a GCW of 26-tonne drove from Salzburg to the foot of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road on motorways and provincial roads. From there, a course was set to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, the finishing line of the winding, spectacular mountain pass. “Where else but on the most challenging, yet beautiful mountain road in Europe could you prove the quality and usability of the CF Electric?”, stated Tschann director Enrico Simma. “It’s the ultimate test for any vehicle, and the CF Electric passed with flying colours! This is the proof that the CF Electric can be used on any route as long as there is a good charging infrastructure”.
The DAF CF Electric has been on the market since 2018 and is available as a 4×2 tractor unit and a 6×2 rigid. The fully electric vehicle is already in use in amongst others the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Hungary for various applications including supermarket distribution, refuse collection and container transport. We’re sure DAF will have something to say about a new generation of its electric truck range at IAA Transportation 2022.