DAF electrifies its network

By Categories: NewsPublished On: Tuesday 9 January 2024

All 34 DAF Trucks Sales Centres in the UK have now committed to becoming cer­tified electric truck centres with specialist infrastructure, trained technicians and ful­ly-equipped workshops able to diagnose, service and re­pair DAF electric trucks.

They will also employ trained specialists focusing on helping customers transi­tion to zero emissions. This will be through a consulta­tive sales process delivered by battery electric truck spe­cialists and battery electric charger specialists. At least one locally-based DAF elec­tric truck demonstrator will also be available for custom­er evaluation, supported by access to a national demon­strator fleet which includes choice of configurations and body types to suit a broad range of applications.

Each DAF Electric Truck Centre will install a fast charging capability with a minimum of one 180kW DC charger, while other DAF Ser­vice Centres will be equipped with a minimum 24kW charg­er in their workshops.

This creates a full UK-wide network of chargers, ensur­ing customer vehicles can be charged while in for service or maintenance. This is felt to be crucial in maximising uptime by ensuring sufficient charge in the vehicle for the next work-shift.

The DAF charging network can offer single-point invoic­ing for energy, and access to charging data that can be fed into their own fleet manage­ment systems by DAF electric truck operators.

DAF offers a broad range of Paccar chargers from small wall mounted 7 kW AC charg­ing units suitable for electric cars and vans, right up to 360 kW DC chargers that can en­able multi-shift operation and quick turnaround time for the largest electric trucks.

DAF Trucks has adopted a tiered approach to technical support, with all DAFaid Tech­nicians trained to IMI Level 1 for electric trucks to pro­vide roadside support. Work­shop-based DAF electric ve­hicle technicians are trained

to IMI Level 3 and are also receiving DAF-specific electric truck product training.

Aftersales experts at DAF Trucks headquarters in Had­denham are also available to lend technical support.

Parts ‘packs’ to support DAF electric trucks will be held at DAF Dealers, with additional parts available at Paccar Parts Distribution Cen­tres, primarily at Leyland, Lan­cashire for UK operators, and also across the continent.

Gary Carpenter, chair of the DAF Trucks National Dealer Council, said: “The DAF Dealer Network is committed to sup­porting our customers as they transition to zero emissions and, by investing in the right locations at the right pace, we can ensure we have the per­sonnel, expertise and infra­structure in place for them.”