Leyland Trucks to take part in UK Government electric truck trial using DAF LF Electric
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Leyland Trucks is to participate in a project designed to help UK operators make the transition to battery electric trucks. A total of 20 DAF LF Electric 19-tonne rigids, together with the required charging infrastructure, will be fitted with data logging equipment and used to support the UK Government’s Department for Transport (DfT) efforts to encourage the use of battery electric vehicles in commercial transport.
In a statement, DAF said that interactive website will also inform future fleet operator buying decisions and help stimulate the sale of battery electric trucks. The project is scheduled to commence this summer.
To support operators in understanding the costs and considerations around the deployment of zero emission trucks, the DfT is adopting a campaign to assist the road transport sector in its transition. The project is part of the Government’s £20 million zero emission road freight trials.
Leyland Trucks manufactures the successful DAF LF series of distribution vehicles, including the LF Electric which recently entered production at its state-of-the-art plant in Lancashire.
The company will be partnering several end-users in the public sector during the trial, including various NHS (National Health Service) operations around the country earmarked to trial eleven DAF LF Electric rigids.
The remaining nine vehicles will go to a number of Local Authorities to support recycling and deliveries to schools
“We’re delighted to have been selected to play such a key role in the initiative,” said Rob Lawton, Project Manager at Leyland Trucks, “We’re proud to be leading the drive towards a cleaner, more sustainable future for the road transport industry. Our LF Electric and CF Electric vehicles offer the best solution for zero-emissions operation. The results from our NHS and Local Authority partners will support Leyland Truck’s extensive and long-term testing programs to further strengthen our leading position in providing Battery Electric Vehicles.”