Innovative DAF CF Electric receives Green Truck Award

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The DAF CF Electric receives the Green Truck Logistics Solution Award 2019. At the transport logistic trade fair in Munich, the jury of experts from VerkehrsRundschau and TRUCKER in Munich awarded the prize at the Green Truck Award ceremony. The jury paid particular tribute to the cooperation with the hinterland logistics network Contargo, which put two DAF CF Electric into service for the first time. This makes Contargo the first customer outside the Netherlands to receive a fully electric truck. The two vehicles will be used for container transport in Duisburg’s inner harbor as part of an international field test. The “Green Truck Logistics Solution Award” is a prestigious award for innovative and particularly sustainable logistics solutions in Europe.

Two purely electrically driven tractor units for the Rhenus subsidiary Contargo are the first two CF Electric tractors to be commissioned in Germany. At the same time, they are number six and seven in the international field test. The CF Electric is a 4×2 tractor unit with a payload of up to 37 tons – ideal for road transport in urban agglomerations. It usually pulls its loads with single-axle and two-axle trailers. The vehicle is based on the medium-weight CF series – which was named “International Truck of the Year” in 2018. The electric truck uses VDL’s E-Power technology. At the heart of its intelligent drive train is a 210 kW electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery with a total capacity of 170 kWh. The CF Electric offers a range of up to 100 kilometers – depending on the freight weight. This qualifies it e.g. for volume transport within urban distribution traffic. The batteries have a 30-minute quick-charge function and take only 1.5 hours to fully charge.

Award-winning overall concept

Gerhard Grünig, editor-in-chief of the magazines VerkehrsRundschau and TRUCKER, explains and continues: “When using the two DAF CF Electric, the jury was convinced that Contargo not only wanted to put a lighthouse project on the wheels for the media presence, but over a preparation phase of around two years very carefully analyzed whether e-mobility in the 44-ton total weight range pays off economically.”

“Seamlessly meet market demands”

Richard Zink, Director Marketing and Sales and member of the Management Board of DAF Trucks adds: “The electric truck will be part of Europe’s cityscape in the future. The data we collect on both technology and operations will be incorporated into the final production specifications to ensure that the vehicles will seamlessly meet the market’s requirements.

Contargo aims to be completely decarbonized by 2050

Sascha Hähnke, Managing Director of Rhenus Trucking, underlines this approach: “With Contargo, we want to follow an innovative path that no other logistics service provider has taken before. The electric trucks are part of the first battery-powered truck fleet in Germany. We are thus sending out a signal in various directions that this technology has a future. “Rhenus CEO Michael Viefers adds: “The willingness to test new technologies in order to offer resource-saving logistics is very pronounced at Rhenus. We are open to new technologies and will continue to develop our vehicle fleet sustainably for the benefit of our customers.

“The potential for CO2 reduction is almost 90 percent”

The prize was awarded on the basis of valid calculations according to which the use of DAF CF Electric reduces CO2 emissions by at least 38 percent even when using electricity in the familiar mix. “Contargo plans to switch to green electricity at all participating terminals,” adds Jan Burgdorf, Head of Test & Technology at VerkehrsRundschau and TRUCKER magazines. “This means that CO2 emissions can be reduced by almost 90 percent in a well-to-wheel analysis”.

The DAF CF 450 also climbs the Green Truck Podium

Not only the DAF CF Electric, but also the current DAF CF 450 climbs the Green Truck winner’s podium in 2019. With a record-breaking consumption of only 23.39 liters per 100 kilometers, the CF 450 underscored the success of DAF’s efficiency strategy with regard to the use of highly efficient diesel engines in long-distance operation at the TRUCKER test round.

 

Written by Verena A. Varner

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