DAF CF Electric Tames Europe's Most Challenging Mountain Pass


A DAF CF Electric with a 26-tonne GCW has become the first fully electric truck to tame Austria's highest mountain pass. 

First Fully Electric Truck on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road 

The DAF CF Electric has been on the market since 2018 and is available as a 4x2 tractor unit and a 6x2 rigid. The fully electric vehicle, the third generation of which is now on the road is already in use in amongst others the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Hungary for various applications including supermarket distribution, refuse collection and container transport. With smart planning and intermediate charging, customers are able to drive up to 500 km per day with the CF Electric

However, some transport operators in mountainous areas appear to have their doubts about the use of electric vehicles. Official DAF dealer from Austria Tschann, decided that it was about time to put an end to this scepticism, with some assistance from DAF Trucks. The CF Electric with a GCW of 26-tonne drove from Salzburg to the foot of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road on motorways and provincial roads. From there, a course was set to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, the finishing line of the winding, spectacular mountain pass. It's the ultimate test for any vehicle and the CF Electric passed with flying colours. This is the proof that the CF Electric can be used on any route as long as there is a good charging infrastructure.

About the author

Richard Wilson is a correspondent for Truck & Bus News. Since 2015, Richard has worked as a correspondent for all of the titles across the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group namely: Retreading Business, Tyre & Rubber Recycling, The Tyreman and Commercial Tyre Business. Richard has worked on/off from the age of 16 for the company and whilst gaining a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Business Studies at Coventry University, he developed his writing skills at the University paper and more recently writing his own independent blog.

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