Iveco, along with siblings FPT Powertrains and parent company CNH Industrial, have been at the forefront of LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) technology development for heavy vehicles.
Now an Iveco Stralis might have just claimed a world record for the longest run on a single tank of LNG.
The Stralis NP (Natural Power) 460hp truck ran from London to Dover (where it jumped on the ferry to France), from there it completed the 1,728km road journey to Madrid without needing to refuel.
That’s further than Brisbane to Cairns on the Bruce Hwy on a single tank!
Along the way the truck exceeded the vehicle’s official range of 1,600km, though there’s no word on what the weight of the load was that the truck was hauling (if any).
Iveco estimate the trip cost just €228 ($367 AUD), or 40% of the cost of diesel.
And it wasn’t all plain sailing either, Iveco tell us the Stralis NP battled heavy traffic on the UK side of the English Channel, and a strong head wind in France.
Iveco say the journey demonstrated that natural gas is a viable, realistic, safe and cost-effective alternative to diesel.
And it isn’t just about saving fuel/money, Iveco say the LNG truck emits around 90% less NO2 emissions, 99% less particulate matter, and up to 15% less CO2 than an equivalent Euro VI diesel.
Would you consider a LNG-powered truck if you could save dollars on your fuel bill? Is this a viable alternative to diesel? Should Australia be investing in LNG technology/infrastructure?
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