DAF confirms Future Truck Chassis Concept at the CV Show
To underline DAF’s focus on innovation as part of the drive to enhance fuel efficiency, lower CO2 emissions and improve productivity, DAF has confirmed that the Future Truck Chassis Concept (FTCC) will be on display at the CV Show later this month in Birmingham.
Thanks to a number of patented chassis design innovations, in combination with lightweight materials and components, DAF’s FTCC achieves a remarkable weight saving of 500kg on DAF’s 12-tonne LF chassis platform – which already offers a low kerb weight for highest payload. 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 just one part of a multifaceted approach by DAF Trucks to future vehicle design.
DAF Transport Efficiency – committed to lowering emissions
“We continue to develop additional fuel savings and CO2 emissions reduction opportunities to maintain our cost advantage and environmental leadership”, says 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”
He adds, “Additional steps will be made, with the new masses and dimensions legislation approved by the European Parliament. Enhanced aerodynamics will result in reduced CO2 emissions. There is also an opportunity to improve the driver’s field of vision. Once the legislation is finalised,” he said, “the industry will have the opportunity to invest in solutions which make further CO2 reductions and enhanced safety possible. We look forward to the final rules.”