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Truck and Track

Summer 2019



The DAF CF Electric has been awarded Green Truck Logistics

Solution 2019. On the eve of the Transport Logistic trade

fair in Munich, Germany, the leading trade magazines

VerkehrsRundschauand TRUCKERalso honoured container

hinterland logistics network Contargo for taking the first DAFs

CF Electric into operation in Germany. These fully electric field

test vehicles collect and deliver containers at the inland Port

of Duisburg in Germany. The ‘Green Truck Logistics Solution

Award’ is a prestigious accolade for the deployment of

promising upcoming technologies for innovative, sustainable

logistics around Europe.

The two fully-electric DAF trucks for Rhenus’ subsidiary Contargo

are part of an extensive field test of multiple trucks in Europe and

the first CFs Electric put into operation in Germany. The DAF CF

Electric is a 100%electric 4x2 tractor unit developed for operations

of up to 37 tonnes in urban areas, where single-axle or dual-axle

trailers are the norm. The vehicle is based on the DAF CF, with a

fully-electric drive using VDL’s E-Power Technology. The core of its

intelligent powertrain is a 210-kW electric motor powered by a

lithium-ion battery pack with a current total capacity of 170 kWh.

The CF Electric has a range of up to 100 kilometres, depending on

the weight of its cargo, making it suitable for zero emissions high-

volume transport in urban areas. The batteries have a 30-minute

quick-charge feature while a full charge takes just one-and-a-half


Concept worthy of an award

“When awarding the Green Truck Awards, a convincing concept

with demonstrable practical relevance makes the difference,”

explained Gerhard Grünig, editor-in-chief of VerkehrsRundschau

and TRUCKER magazines. “Using the two DAF CF Electric vehicles,

the jury was impressed that Contargo was not simply looking to roll

out a flagship project for the sake of its media profile, but had spent

around two years in preparation analysing with great precision

whether electric vehicles are commercially viable in the 44 metric

tonne gross vehicle weight range.”

Seamlessly satisfy the market’s needs

Richard Zink, director of marketing and sales and DAF Trucks

Board of Management member, added: “Electric trucks will be

part of future urban life in Europe. The data we collect about the

full electric technology and operational usage with leading parties

such as Contargo will be engineered into the specifications of the

final production models, ensuring that the vehicles will seamlessly

satisfy the market’s needs.”

Contargo aiming for full decarbonisation by


This approach was underlined by Sascha Hähnke, managing

director of Rhenus Trucking. “Along with Contargo, we want to

move in an innovative direction that no other logistics service

providers have yet taken. The electric trucks are part of the first

battery-powered truck fleet in Germany. By doing this, we’re

making a statement in various directions that this technology has

a future,” Hähnke said. Rhenus CEOMichael Viefers added: “There’s

a very high willingness at Rhenus to test out new technologies,

enabling us to provide resource-efficient logistics. That involves us

taking an open approach to technology and we’ll be continuing to

sustainably improve our vehicle fleet for our customers’ benefit.”

“Almost 90%CO


reduction potential”

Verified calculations were essential to the selection process for

the award. According to these numbers, use of the DAF CF Electric

reduces carbon emissions by at least 38%, even when using

only electricity sourced from the usual grey-and-green energy

mix. “Contargo is planning to switch to green electricity at all

the terminals it uses,” added Jan Burgdorf, head of testing and

technology at VerkehrsRundschau and TRUCKER. “As a result, well-

to-wheel CO


emissions can be decreased by almost 90%.”

DAF CF 450 on Green Truck podium as well

Not only the DAF CF Electric was awarded, the DAF CF 450 was also

put on the podium for the Green Truck 2019 award. With its low

fuel consumption of only 23.39 litres per 100 km on the Trucker’s

test route, the CF 450 underlined DAF’s continuing focus on the

highest efficient diesel engines for long-haul transport.

Innovative DAF CF Electric wins Green Truck Award

Active Products transition

to newCustoms Declaration

Service with Descartes

One of the UK’s many SME importers, Active Products (UK)

Ltd, has successfully become an early adopter of HM Revenue

and Customs’ (HMRC) new Customs Declaration Service (CDS),

following advice and support fromDescartes Systems UK Ltd.

Formed in 2003, Active Products is a privately owned company that

has been supplying a diverse range of products, spanning lighting,

automotive, building, gardening, leisure and household ranges to

DIY, Superstore and Mail Order companies as well as the wholesale

sector. The company operates a bonded warehouse, which allows it

to defer duty and VAT payments on imports. It was for this reason,

combined with the available resource within the business, that

Descartes suggested Active Products would benefit from the early


Donna Ray, Office & Finance Manager, Active Products (UK) Ltd,

commented: “As a small business, we have undoubtedly benefited

from the individual support we received in migrating to CDS early.

As a long-standing user of Descartes eCustoms platform, we were

grateful for being selected and consider their guidance invaluable

in the process.”

Since early 2019, Active Products has been using Descartes’

eCustoms system for its CDS import declarations, as part of the

migration from HMRC’s legacy Customs Handling of Import and

Export Freight (CHIEF) system. Following the technical release

of CDS in August 2018, Descartes worked closely with HMRC to

prepare Active Products as one of their first three traders for making

the first declarations using the new system. Since its go-live,

Descartes has continued to help ensure Active Products remains

compliant with CDS upgrades and future releases.

“We’re pleased that our eCustoms software has helped Active

Products UK achieve compliance with the requirements of CDS

ahead of the curve,” saidPól Sweeney, Vice President of UK Sales and

Business Management at Descartes. “We take our responsibility to

both larger and smaller traders very seriously. Despite CHIEF and

CDS running in parallel, all organisations will need to address the

changes between the systems, which are not only technical but

also around the rules of completion and data required to comply

with the EU Union Customs Code. Our proactive approach can help

ensure all organisations make the transition to CDS in a seamless





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