Battery electric versions feature strongly in the line-up of the new DAF XB urban distribution truck. These vehicles complete the range renewal programme for DAF, covering the the 7.5 to 19 tonnes weight class and encompass a comprehensive array of battery electric models.
DAF has added a new urban distribution truck to its battery electric vehicle line-up with the addition of the new DAF XB Electric in 12, 16 and 19 tonne gross weight applications.
The new truck, which will go into production in Q4 2023 is equipped with an e-motor offering nominal power in 120 or 190kW ratings and a nominal torque rating of 950 and 1,850Nm respectively (2,600 and 3,500Nm peak performance). To minimise environmental impact and offer the highest durability, DAF is deploying a cobalt and magnesium-free, lithium iron phosphate (LFP – Lithium Ferro Phosphate) high energy density battery pack with a gross energy content of 141 up to 282kWh. These allow XB Electric ranges of up to 350km on a single charge, says the manufacturer.
A special feature of the new DAF XB Electric is the deployment of the CCS (Combined Charging System) connection. This allows the truck to be charged through the regular electricity network for home charging, while rapid charging the batteries (650V DC, 150kW) from 20% to 80% will only take 40 to 70 minutes, depending on the specification.
All the internal combustion-engined variants of the XB are HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) compatible, offering up to 90% CO2 reduction in a ‘well-to-wheel’ scenario.
Beyond the driveline, the XB now benefits from an array of advanced driver assistance systems, including the AEBS (Advanced Emergency Braking System), Turn Assist to detect cyclists in blind spots, Drowsiness Detection, Speed Limit Recognition, and Lane Change Assist. The trucks boast outstanding direct vision, says DAF, due to well-positioned cab, large windows, and innovative mirror design. On the inside, the XB cab gets a makeover with a new dash and instrument panel equipped with a customisable 12-inch digital display.
For construction applications DAF has also unveiled the XBC featuring a 19-tonne chassis offering raised ground ground clearance, a significant approach angle, and reinforced protection elements.