A truck powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has completed the famous 837-mile journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End on a single fill-up, demonstrating its viability as a long range alternative to diesel.
The IVECO Stralis NP was operating with a laden tri-axle trailer for the first 808 miles, only dropping the trailer at a truckstop in Redruth as the Land’s End Visitor Centre cannot accommodate 13.6m trailers.
Martin Flach, Alternative Fuels Director at IVECO, said, “The New Stralis NP covered the distance over two days with ease, across a mix of motorways and A roads – including many challenging climbs and steep descents. This was about demonstrating that gas-powered heavy trucks are no longer a niche product, but available for the volume market and ideally suited for UK operations.”
“Thanks to our proven Natural Power technology, heavy truck fleets can take advantage of a simplified after-treatment system, meaning there’s no need for EGR, SCR, AdBlue or particulate filters.”
The Stralis NP used for the drive was powered by an 8.7-litre IVECO Cursor 9 Natural Gas engine which delivers the same output of 400hp and 1,700 Nm torque as its diesel equivalent, resulting in an excellent power-to-weight ratio, power density and quietness of operation.
IVECO offers a range of gas-powered commercial vehicles in the UK, including the New Stralis NP, Eurocargo Natural Power and Daily Natural Power – part of its strategy to become a partner for sustainable transport.