DAF Trucks has delivered a fully electric truck to Tinie Manders Transport in Geldrop, the Netherlands. The CF Electric featuring E-Power Technology from VDL is used on behalf of DHL for shuttle services in the Eindhoven region.

The first CF Electric was put into operation last December by supermarket chain Jumbo. Jos Habets, Director Operations at DAF, handed over the key of the CF Electric to the management team of Manders Transport.

The 83-year-old family business, based in the Brabant region of the Netherlands, is currently under the
leadership of the third generation. The truck joins the company’s 50-strong fleet.

Jos Habets said: “It is clear that the transport sector is on the cusp of a major transformation. The electric truck is set to become the norm in more and more urban areas in future.

“I am extremely proud that we are now in a position to broaden our experience with electric trucks in collaboration with Tinie Manders Transport.

“The data that we collect about both the technology and the operational deployment will feed into the specifications for the final production models, thus ensuring that they fit seamlessly with the requirements of the market.”

Eveline Manders from the haulier said: “We are very proud to be one of the first to drive this pioneering DAF. We have been involved in its development from the outset and we are curious to see the results in practice.

“Our decision as to whether to expand the range of electric vehicles within our company will be based not only on the zero emissions factor, but also on the ease of use and the additional possibilities that this truck offers us.

“Zero emissions combined with the minimal noise levels of the truck mean that we can also meet the increasingly stringent legal requirements for inner city transport, thereby enabling us to set ourselves apart from the competition.”

Willem van der Leegte, President and CEO of VDL Groep, had the following to add: “Tinie Manders, DAF and VDL all boast a strong foundation, a thorough approach and top-quality innovation.

“It is truly wonderful to see three companies from the Brabant region come together in this way to test the CF Electric featuring VDL E-Power in practice.

“Tinie Manders had the confidence to stick its neck out, getting in contact straight away to express interest in participating in the testing phase for this development project.

“As a result, the family business has played an important role in the creation of this innovative vehicle, which offers the world progress in terms of achieving sustainability in goods transport.

“Today’s handover marks an important step towards fully electrifying the large-scale transport operations between companies in and around Eindhoven, and thereby helping to improve local air quality, reduce noise pollution and lower CO2 emissions.”

The CF Electric is a 4×2 unit developed 37 tonnes GVW in urban areas, for which single-axle or dual-axle trailers are the norm.

The vehicle is based on the CF and is operated fully electrically using VDL’s E-Power Technology. The core of this intelligent powertrain is a 210-kW electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack with a current total capacity of 144kWh.

The CF Electric has a range of approximately 100 kilometres, depending on the weight of its cargo, making it suitable for high-volume transport in the urban distribution market.

The batteries have a 30-minute quick-charge feature and a full charge takes just one and a half hours.

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