With a total order of 1500 trucks, it has leading UK rental and leasing company Asset Alliance Group placed one of the largest orders in DAF's recent history. Of these, 75 are fully electric vehicles that, in combination with renewed engines and battery packs, are good for a range of up to 500 kilometers, according to DAF.
DAF Truck Sales Director Russell Patmore and Asset Alliance Group CEO Willie Paterson mark a new page in DAF's history. This spring, the manufacturer will start production of the electric heavy and medium-duty trucks in a new factory on the industrial site in Eindhoven.
For the development of the electric vehicles, DAF worked together with VDL, which supplies the batteries and electric motor for the small numbers of e-trucks currently being produced. VDL would initially market the electric trucks under its own name. After an introductory meeting between DAF president Preston Feight and VDL CEO Willem van der Leegte, the joint development of the truck got under way.
The order includes a mix of new generation DAF XF and XG tractors for long haul and heavy haulage, as well as DAF LF and DAF XD vehicles with both electric and diesel powertrains for distribution and commercial applications. The trucks were purchased with full DAF Repair & Maintenance packages and will be serviced through the DAF dealer network, which operates more than 130 locations across the UK and Ireland.
The new generation DAF XF, XG and XG+ vehicles for long and heavy haulage were named 'International Truck of the Year 2022', while the new generation DAF XD for distribution and commercial applications received this most prestigious recognition in the trucking industry for 2023.