Following the New Generation DAF XD, XF, XG and XG+ trucks for distribution, long haul and vocational applications, the Dutch manufacturer now introduces the brand-new XB truck model for city distribution. As stated by DAF, the new model series include a comprehensive range of battery electric vehicles to support transport companies in their transition to zero emissions.
The new truck family is conceived for the 7.5 – 19 tonnes class, with ranges of up to 350 km, as well as PACCAR PX-5 and PX-7 engines up to 310 hp, also ready for HVO as for thermal options. Either 12, 16 or 19 ton versions will be available, and wheelbases start from 4.2 meters, up to 6.9 metres.
DAF XB trucks: the electric versions
Talking about the electric versions of the DAF XB family, for the lowest possible environmental impact and highest durability, DAF applies a cobalt and magnesium-free, lithium iron phosphate (LFP – Lithium Ferro Phosphate) high energy density battery packs with a gross energy content of 141 up to 282 kWh. Rapid charging the batteries (650V DC, 150 kW) from 20% to 80% will only take 40 to 70 minutes, depending on the specification.
The new DAF XB distribution truck is available with a suite of advanced driver assistance systems. The AEBS system (Advanced Emergency Braking System) is equipped with both a radar and a camera, signalling vulnerable road users in front of the vehicle (Drive-off Assist). The Event Data Recorder records images and data when the AEBS brake warning is activated and the DAF Turn Assist warns in case cyclists are in the vehicles’ blind spots. The new DAF Drowsiness Detection assesses the driver’s alertness and warns when a break is needed.
Furthermore, each XB comes with Speed Limit Recognition that informs the driver about actual speed limits, while the passive Lane Change Assist helps to avoid dangerous manoeuvres by warning for potentially unintended lane changes.
Cabs and construction options
Furthermore, the comfortable Day, Extended Day and Sleeper Cabs all have perfectly positioned entry steps, wide-opening doors and a low cab position for outstanding accessibility. The comfortable seats feature the same soft-woven upholstery as the DAF XD, XF, XG and XG+ trucks, with which the New Generation XB also shares the high level of fit and finish, the new steering wheel and the eye-catching 12-inch digital display on the dashboard.
Finally, alongside the XB series for on-road applications, DAF is also introducing the XBC series, which excels when the going gets tough, for example in the construction segment. The XBC has a 19-tonne chassis and features a high ground clearance of 255 millimetres, a large approach angle of 25 degrees, a steel front radiator plate to protect the engine bay and a sturdy lava-grey steel bumper.