DAF has opened its new assembly plant for battery electric trucks, which is located at its main production site in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
DAF now expects production to increase to “thousands of vehicles” per annum in the near future, in line with the increasing demand for fully electric trucks.
The new DAF Electric Truck Assembly plant covers an area of 5,000 m2 and includes two sub-assembly lines for the preparation of the battery packs as well as the Electric Drive Module, consisting of the front battery pack, high voltage junction box and electrified auxiliaries.
These key components as well as the e-motor with integrated gearbox are installed onto the vehicle on the main assembly line which is almost 150 metres long.
DAF has built its DAF Electric Truck Assembly plant for the production of its latest generation of battery electric trucks.
The New DAF XD and XF Electric are available in a range of configurations. These are powered by PACCAR e-Motors and equipped with battery packs of 2 up to 5 strings (210 to 525 kWh).
DAF claims these trucks can offer full electric ranges of up to 500 kilometres, with an 80 per cent charge in 45 minutes using a 350 kW charger.