Iveco Carries out long-distance LNG tests

An Iveco Stralis NP 460hp truck from the UK has completed what is believed to be the longest ever road journey on a single fill of Liquefied Natural Gas.

Setting off from London, the Stralis NP 4×2 tractor unit pulled a tri-axle box van trailer, running at a gross vehicle weight of 30 tonnes. After a ferry crossing from Dover to Calais the tractor completed the 1,728km road journey without needing to refuel – exceeding the vehicle’s official range of 1,600km to set a new distance record.

Martin Flach, Alternative Fuels Director of IVECO, said: “Last year we completed John O’Groats to Land’s End on a single fill in a 400hp Stralis NP, but this time we wanted to set the bar even higher. It was a chance to demonstrate how fuel-efficient the Stralis NP is, and to put our latest 460hp gas-powered engine to the ultimate test.

“We brimmed the tank before we left London, and the first time we stopped for fuel was in Madrid two and a half days later.”

Despite the heavy traffic on the UK side of the English Channel, a strong head wind in France and the hilly Spanish section of the route, the Stralis NP recorded an average fuel consumption of 22.6kg per 100 km.

Prior to the trip, Iveco carefully planned the journey using Michelin’s MyBestRoute application, which allows drivers and fleet managers to select the optimum route for any European journey, including plotting LNG refueling stations and estimating the total cost of the trip for diesel and natural gas-powered trucks.

The test highlighted the capabilities of Liquefied Natural Gas and currently, more than 25,000 Iveco gas-powered vehicles have been delivered into service.