DAF electric trucks will participate in a long distance zero emission truck demonstrator programme in the UK. The latter is Initiated by UK Government and Innovate UK, while the truck models involved in the project are the DAF XD Electric and DAF XF Electric. The ‘Zero Emission HGV and Infrastructure Demonstrator programme’ will run for five years.

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The DAF XD and XF Electric tractor units will enter operation with major operators. Fleets participating in the demonstrator programme include Maritime Transport, Marks & Spencer, Menzies, Royal Mail and Eddie Stobart. The ‘Zero Emission HGV and Infrastructure Demonstrator programme’ follows the conclusion of the recent Battery Electric Truck Trial (BETT), where 20 DAF LF Electric urban distribution vehicles were operated by public bodies including the National Health Service (NHS) and Local Authorities. According to DAF Trucks, the outcome of the above mentioned projects was indeed positive.

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“The Government’s funding represents a significant opportunity to demonstrate and encourage the deployment of battery electric trucks in longer distance operations and at higher weights”, commented Managing Director at DAF Trucks UK, David Kiss. “Our New Generation DAF XD Electric and XF Electric models are the ideal choice for fleets, with operational capabilities up to the maximum 42-tonne GCW allowed for zero emission five-axle combinations in the UK. They also offer an up to 500 km single charge range, and with 325 kW fast charging, even a 1.000 km per day operation is possible.”


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