In addition to the introduction of a complete series of fully electric trucks and the development of hydrogen technology, DAF is getting its combustion engines ready for new types of fuel to further reduce CO₂ emissions.
The truck maker says HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) biofuel will be compatible for use in all New Generation DAF trucks.
HVO is made from waste products and fats from the food industry. It is currently the most sustainable fuel on the market for diesel trucks and is said be offer a reduction of up to 90 per cent in CO₂ emissions (‘Well-to-wheel’) compared with regular diesel. Unlike previous generations of biofuels, HVO has no impact on food production.
In addition to the environmental benefits, DAF says another important advantage is that HVO can be used in its trucks without any adjustments to the vehicles, while maintaining the trucks’ excellent performance, as well as the service intervals of up to 200,000 kilometres for long-distance transport.
All of the newest generation of DAF trucks are ready to use 100 per cent HVO, including the popular LF series for distribution transport, the versatile XD (‘International Truck of the Year 2023’) for distribution and specific applications and the ‘top-of-the-range’ XF, XG and XG+ (‘International Trucks of the Year 2022’) for heavy and long-distance transport.
“DAF is at the forefront of our society’s ambition to reduce CO₂ emissions”, according to Patrick Dean, chief engineer at DAF Trucks and member of the board of management.
“In 2018 we were the first to launch a fully electric truck and last year we presented a completely new generation of electric trucks with ‘zero-emission’ ranges of up to 500 kilometres.
“We are also getting ready for the new generations of fuels. HVO is enabling us to make a giant leap in the reduction of CO₂ emissions, already today, with the current trucks on the market and more importantly ‘well-to-wheel’.”
He added: “When it comes to CO₂ certification of trucks, it would be a huge step forward if European legislation would value the contribution of clean fuels to reduce CO₂ emissions, as we cannot afford to leave opportunities unused to achieve sustainable road transport.
“This should expand focus on the total chain – from energy source up to what’s coming out of the exhaust – instead of focusing on ‘tank-to-wheel’ only.”