DAF Trucks has delivered two fully electric trucks to Contargo in Germany for trialling. Contargo is a 100 per cent subsidiary of the international Rhenus Group.

The CF Electric with E-Power Technology from VDL will be used for container transport around hinterland terminals in the German Lower Rhine area.

The two trucks are the first CF Electrics to enter into operation in Germany. They are also the sixth and seventh to take part in an extensive field test.

Contargo handles a total volume of two million containers per year.

“It is clear the transport sector is on the cusp of a major transformation,” said DAF’s director of marketing & sales, Richard Zink.

“We are delighted we can broaden our experience with electric trucks in collaboration with renowned companies like Rhenus.

“The data we collect about both the technology and the operational deployment will feed into the specifications for the final production models. This will ensure they fit seamlessly with the requirements of the market.”

Contargo MD, Jürgen Albersmann, added: “We are very proud to be one of the first to drive these pioneering DAFs. One of our targets is to be decarbonised by 2050. These trucks represent one important step towards this ambitious target.”

The CF Electrics will be based in Duisburg and will be used for local container deliveries within Contargo’s conventional truck fleet. The management of the truck will be executed by Rhenus Trucking, acting as service provider for Contargo.