Brakes gets first DAF LF Electric


National foodservice supplier Brakes has taken delivery of its first zero-emissions DAF LF Electric to work on multi-temperature operations at its Reading depot.

The 19-tonne DAF LF Electric is powered by an electric motor developing 250kW nominal power (370kW peak) and nominal torque of 1,200Nm (3,700Nm peak).

DAF’s latest LFP batteries provide a gross energy content of 282kWh (254 kWh effective) to give the vehicle a single charge range of 280km, ideal for urban distribution applications.

Also, the LFP battery pack comes with a six-year warranty.

The DAF LF Electric, which was designed and built in Britain at Leyland Trucks in Lancashire, is expected to deliver an annual CO2 saving of approximately 52-tonnes.

Brakes’ new vehicle has been specified in partnership with Solomon Commercials which supplied and installed dual-compartment bodywork, and Frigoblock with its ‘FK2’ refrigeration unit to provide two-zone temperature control; frozen at the front, and chilled at the rear of the body.

DAF’s LFP batteries contain no cobalt or magnesium, offering further sustainability credentials for truck operators.

The delivery of the 19-tonne truck signals a commitment from Sysco – parent company of Brakes – to end diesel truck acquisitions by 2030.

Paul Vernon, Head of Fleet at Brakes said, “We have a fleet which totals over 1,500 vehicles and around 75% are DAF LFs, circa 1000, so we are very well aware of the trucks’ credentials – outstanding manoeuvrability, a practical, comfortable cab for drivers and, of course, great reliability.

“We’re expecting no different from the LF Electric. The distribution sector is starting to embrace zero-emissions, and we’re confident the new DAF gives us the right solution to provide productivity benefits.”


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