DfT selects Leyland Trucks for electric truck trial02 August 2021
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. The project is scheduled to commence this summer.
The project is part of the Government’s £20 million zero emission road freight trials. Leyland Trucks will work with CENEX, the low carbon research consultancy, to create an interactive report and website using real-world data to assist public and private fleet operators to better understand the strengths, challenges, and deployment options around zero emissions trucks.
Leyland Trucks will be partnering several end-users in the public sector during the trial, including various NHS 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. Bodywork will include ex-factory PACCAR box bodies and refrigerated bodywork from Gray & Adams.
The project is valued at £10 million and focuses on an end-to-end solution, covering vehicles, charging infrastructure, user training, repair and maintenance and total-cost-of-ownership. The project will provide operational insight across a variety of duty cycles.
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