New DAF Electric Truck Assembly plant officially opened

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Series production of XD and XF Electric to start in summer 2023

DAF’s new assembly plant for battery electric trucks has been officially opened this week by Micky Adriaansens, the Dutch minister of Economic Affairs and Climate. The new facility has been commissioned at DAF’s main production site in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and will be instrumental in the further development of the company’s leading position in providing sustainable transport solutions.

Pictured are Micky Adriaansens (left), Minister of Economic Affairs & Climate in the Netherlands, officially opens the new DAF Electric Truck Assembly plant alongside DAF Trucks President, Harald Seidel

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.

Newest generation battery-electric trucks

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). The modular approach allows the trucks to be tailored precisely to customer requirements and needs. Full electric ranges of up to 500 kilometres are possible making 1,000 ‘zero emission’ kilometres achievable with careful planning of routes and recharging. With fast charging of up to 350 kW, battery packs can be charged to 80% of their capacity in only 45 minutes.

Production of quality validation trucks is about to start with series production of customer vehicles planned from the summer. DAF expects production to increase to thousands of vehicles per annum in the near future, in line with the increasing demand for fully electric trucks.