An Iveco Stralis NP 460hp truck from the United Kingdom has completed what is believed to be the longest ever journey by road on a single fill of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to demonstrate the suitability of natural gas-powered vehicles for domestic and European road transport.
Setting off from London, the Stralis NP 4×2 tractor unit was pulling a tri-axle box van trailer and running at a gross vehicle weight of 30 tones. After a short ferry crossing from Dover to Calais it completed the 1.728 km road journey without needing to refuel – exceeding the vehicle’s official range of 1.600 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%, vs. diesel.
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 diesel and natural gas-powered trucks.