DAF Trucks N.V. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the North-American corporation PACCAR Inc. DAF Trucks core activities are focused on the development, production, marketing and sale of medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. All DAF products are backed up by a full range of services. DAF Trucks also produces components for third parties, ranging from axle assemblies to complete engines for buses and coaches and special vehicles. The customer is DAF’s top priority. Low costs per kilometre, high quality, driver comfort, low fuel consumption, minimal impact on the environment and high transport efficiency characterize all DAF products. DAF Trucks has production facilities in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in Westerlo, Belgium and in Ponta Grossa, Brasil. Thanks to its high efficiency and the world class manufacturing and products, the company has established a strong competitive position on the European market.
Located in Eindhoven, the Netherlands
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For LONGRUN DAF will be responsible for the concept design, component integration, and validation of the heavy proto truck up to a high TRL level. The main departments involved within DAF Product Development in this project will be:
– the Engines department (for high efficient engine development), together with main suppliers and partners FEV and Garrett;
– vehicle develop for the lay-out of the new components on the vehicle (incl. aero-package), supported by the Vehicle Definition Department and Electronic systems department;
– and the Vehicle Testing department for the validation of the vehicle on the test track and together with partner Primafrio on public roads in real operation.
DAF participated and is participating in a few funded projects that resulted in knowledge gain contributing to higher engine efficiency and enabling technologies as closed-loop combustion. Some has recently started, so the level of knowhow during the definition of this project is limited, but results will be used during the execution of the LONGRUN project.