Truck maker DAF has confirmed that it will be showing a new efficiency-led concept vehicle at this month’s CV Show.
The company’s Future Truck Chassis Concept will take centre stage on the DAF stand at the show, which runs from 25-27 April at the NEC, Birmingham
Thanks to a number of patented chassis design innovations, in combination with lightweight materials and components, DAF’s FTCC achieves a weight saving of 500kg over the truck maker’s 12-tonne LF chassis platform. Featuring independent front air suspension, the FTCC also makes extensive use of aluminium.
Another patented innovation is the integrated body floor structure, achieved by incorporating the body sub-frame into the main chassis side members.
Designed primarily as a distribution vehicle, DAF’s FTCC was developed as a collaborative project with Sapa Profiles UK and CSA Group, and co-funded by the UK government’s Innovate UK.
Reducing weight, or ‘light weighting’, through the use of novel designs and materials is part of a multifaceted approach by DAF Trucks to future vehicle design. The launch of the FTCC at the CV Show follows the reveal of another of DAF’s innovation vehicles at the IAA CV Show in Hanover, Germany, last September. Using hybridisation to capture regenerative energy in a lithium-ion battery pack, the innovative XF is capable of electric-only driving for short distances.
With the prospect of zero emission zones in a number of major European cities from the mid 2020’s such technologies will enable regional and long distance trucks to deliver the ‘final mile’ with zero tail-pipe emissions and low noise.
“We continue to develop additional fuel savings and CO2 emissions reduction opportunities to maintain our cost advantage and environmental leadership”, said Ron Borsboom, Director Product Development. “Over the last decade,” he says, “average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from a long-distance truck have been reduced by 14%, and we continue to reduce that even further”