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DAF starts assembly factory for electric trucks

DAF has expanded its production facilities with a new electric truck assembly factory in Eindhoven, Netherlands, where it will build the New Generation DAF XD and XF Electric trucks.

The truck maker claims that these fully electric vehicles can provide a range of over 500 ‘emission-free’ kilometres.

The first DAF XD and XF Electric trucks are set to roll off the assembly line this spring.

With its new factory, DAF expects to make several thousand vehicles per annum over the next few years, in line with the increasing demand for fully electric trucks.

The basis for each new generation electric DAF truck is a so-called glider, a chassis without a driveline but with a cab. The glider is manufactured on DAF’s main truck production line.

The 4×2 and 6×2 rigids and 4×2 tractors are then completed to XD and XF Electric trucks in an eight-step process on the Electric Truck Assembly production line.

DAF says its new factory has two assembly lines. The battery packs are assembled on the sub-assembly line while all high-voltage components, including batteries and driveline, are mounted on the chassis on the main assembly line.

Thorough checks are then carried out at the final stations to ensure that the truck is in perfect working order.

As with every DAF vehicle, the XD and XF Electric are tailor-made to match the wishes of each individual customer – this is why the electric PACCAR drivelines are modular.

In addition to the availability of two PACCAR EX engines (with six different performance ratings), the battery packs can also be mounted in different positions on the chassis, depending on the customer’s requirements.

DAF states that this guarantees maximum flexibility for bodybuilders.