An IVECO 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 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 tonnes. After a short ferry crossing from Dover to Calais it 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. 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.
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.