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Longest ever road journey on single fill of LNG completed

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IVECO has announced that its Stralis NP 460hp truck from the UK has completed what is believed to be the longest ever journey by road on a single fill of LNG.

The Stralis NP 4x2 tractor unit set off from London and was pulling a tri-axle box van trailer and running at a gross vehicle weight of 30 t. After a short ferry from Dover to Calais, IVECO claims that it completed the 1728 km road journey without needing to refuel – exceeding its official range of 1600 km to set a new distance record. This equates to an impressive LNG fuel cost saving of circa £200 for the outward journey, or 40%, versus diesel.

This journey was undertaken to demonstrate the suitability of natural gas-powered vehicles for both domestic and European road transport.

Martin Flach, Alternative Fuels Director of IVECO, says: “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 ultimate the 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. Running on 100% natural power means there’s no diesel or AdBlue to worry about, making it the simplest solution for both the fleet manager and the driver.”

Although there was heavy traffic in the UK, a strong head wind in France and the hilly Spanish section of the route, the truck recorded an impressive average fuel consumption of 22.6 kg per 100 km.

Before setting off on the trip, IVECO claims that it planned the journey using MyBestRoute: a web-based application developed by Michelin for Stralis NP customers. It enables drivers and fleet managers to select the optimum route for any European journey, including plotting LNG refuelling stations and estimating the total cost of the trip for diesel and natural gas-powered trucks.

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