DAF’s CF Electric refuse truck begins field tests in the Netherlands

As part of a field test of four comparable vehicles, the first DAF CF Electric 6×2 refuse collection truck has begun operations with Dutch public waste disposal firm ROVA. The vehicle will serve the Dutch city of Zwolle.

Since the end of 2018, DAF CF Electric 4×2 tractors have been in operation for inner-city distribution with several Dutch and German transport companies and supermarket chains.

The electric 6×2 chassis is a 3-axle vehicle that offers a payload of up to 28 tons GVW, and—thanks to a steered trailing axle—excellent maneuverability, which is a huge advantage for waste collection vehicles operating in dense urban areas.

The DAF CF Electric features a VDL electric powertrain alongside a fully electric VDL refuse collection superstructure. The VDL E-power driveline provides 210 kW of power and 2,000 Nm of torque. The battery pack has a gross energy capacity of 170 kWh, which is expected to be sufficient for covering regular garbage collection routes. Waste collection trucks typically return to the depot every few hours to unload—the DAF CF Electric can recharge up to 80% battery capacity in 30 minutes.

“The DAF CF Electric is just as good and easy to operate as any conventionally powered truck,” says ROVA General Director Marco van Lente. “It is in our DNA to take care of the future of our planet, and the use of low-emission vehicles is part of our sustainability plan.”

Source: DAF