DAF is set to start production of its 12-tonne hybrid distribution truck at Leyland Trucks in the UK before the end of the year.
The company claims that use of the DAF LF Hybrid can lead to a reduction in fuel consumption of between ten and 20 per cent, depending on the application.
The launch is part of parent company PACCAR’s international hybrid programme, and the vehicle has been developed in collaboration with Eaton, Eindhoven University of Technology and Leyland Trucks – also a PACCAR company.
The DAF LF Hybrid uses a parallel diesel/electric hybrid system. It features a 4.5 litre PACCAR FR diesel engine, which complies with EEV emissions requirements, and is linked to an automatic Eaton six-speed gearbox.
An electric motor has been installed between the clutch and the gearbox, which can provide drive as well as functioning as a generator. Energy released during braking is stored in lithium-ion batteries.
Trucks have been tested by customers in the UK and mainland Europe over the past two years in a range of distribution applications.
DAF is starting to supply the LF Hybrid in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium – countries where it says market research has shown that the interest in hybrid vehicles is highest. Depending on the success of the LF Hybrid in these markets, DAF will decide whether to include the vehicle in the standard product range in other countries.