The natural gas powered IVECO Stralis NP has broken its own record for distance, again. First, it was 1,347 km, followed by an officially sanctioned 1,600 km and now its 1,728 km. The latter was achieved by a Stralis NP setting off from London and, after the short sea crossing from Dover to Calais, completed the road journey to Madrid without needing to refuel.
This equates to an impressive LNG fuel cost saving of circa EUR 228 (USD 260) for the outward journey, or 40%, vs diesel.
IVECO, a brand of CNH Industrial N.V. last year accomplished a similar feat completing the 1,347 km journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End in the UK on a single fill in a 400hp Stralis NP but this time the aim was to set the bar even higher. 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 impressive average fuel consumption of 22.6 kg per 100 km.
Prior to the trip, IVECO carefully planned the journey using MyBestRoute: a web-based application developed by Michelin for Stralis NP customers. It 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 both diesel and natural gas-powered trucks.
The journey demonstrated that natural gas is a viable, realistic, safe and cost-effective alternative to diesel, available from a growing network of fuel providers in the UK and across Europe.
Compared with an equivalent Euro VI diesel, a Stralis NP running on LNG emits around 90 per cent less NO2 emissions, 99 per cent less particulate matter, and up to 15 per cent less CO2 – rising to 95 per cent less CO2 when using biomethane.
IVECO was the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to look at the potential of natural gas in 1991 – an anticipation that allowed the company to develop a full range of natural gas trucks, vans and buses. Currently, more than 25,000 IVECO gas-powered vehicles have been delivered into service.