Preston College said it is playing host to a “world-leading” training programme as a dozen technicians get to grips with a new electric vehicle from Leyland Trucks.
The LF Electric 19-Tonne Rigid model has been designed, developed and manufactured by Leyland Trucks. The state-of-the-art vehicle offers a range of up to 280 kilometres and is supported by DAF’s dealer network and charging infrastructure provided by PACCAR Parts.
Those attending the training programme at Preston College will go on to train technicians and dealer staff nationwide.
With the introduction of electric vehicles, technicians will need to have a broad skillset covering conventional diesel powered trucks and a new generation of alternative powertrains. The training at Preston College addresses this need.
The training programmes would usually take place at the DAF headquarters in Eindhoven, Netherlands, but the Covid-19 pandemic has changed it this year.
Leyland Trucks has a long-standing relationship with the college, with an apprenticeship scheme allowing students to work and train with the trucks team.
Mark Taylor, head of school for engineering and automotive technologies at Preston College added: “As a specialist technical college, it’s a privilege to welcome world-leading manufacturing excellence onto campus. Our staff and students alike are expanding their knowledge, learning from some of the most knowledgeable people in the field.”
Carl Hergart, Leyland Trucks’ chief engineer, added: “We are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with Preston College, preparing students for a career at Leyland Trucks.”