New Stralis NP completes John O’Groats to Land’s End trip without refuelling

Iveco Stralis NP

An Iveco New Stralis NP has completed the 837-mile journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End on a single fill of liquified natural gas (LNG).

Iveco selected the route as a test of the vehicle’s range and versatility, with the New Stralis NP operating with a laden triaxle trailer for the first 808 miles, only dropping the trailer at a truckstop in Redruth as the Land’s End visitor centre cannot accommodate 13.6m trailers.

The New Stralis NP was powered by an 8.7-litre Iveco Cursor 9 natural gas engine delivering the same output of 400hp and 1,700Nm torque as its diesel equivalent.

Martin Flach, alternative fuels director at Iveco, said the trial demonstrates LNG’s viability as a genuine alternative to diesel vehicles.

He added: “The New Stralis NP covered the distance over two days with ease, across a mix of motorways and A roads - including many challenging climbs and steep descents.

“This was about demonstrating that gas-powered heavy trucks are no longer a niche product, but available for the volume market and ideally suited for UK operations.”