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 4×2 tractor unit and a 6×2 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.