Iveco sets world record with 153-tonne tow

George Barrow
July 3, 2023

Iveco has set a new world record using its new Iveco eDaily van to claim an official Guinness World Record for the 'Heaviest weight towed by an electric van'.

The record-breaking eDaily successfully towed a weight of 153.58 tonnes, surpassing the records previously set by an a Tesla Model X. The eDaily chosen for the task was a two battery model with single rear wheels, rear-wheel drive ,140kW of power and 400Nm of torque.

The record attempt took place on June 20, 2023 at Blackbushe Airport in Surrey, with the eDaily being hitched to an Iveco X-Way Strator truck, specially designed for large-scale loads up to 150 tonnes. The Strator's trailer was loaded with a Collard Group earth-mover weighing more than 50 tonnes, along with seven tonnes of ballast. An Iveco X-Way 8x4 tipper truck, fully loaded, was then attached to the Strator's trailer, followed by an all-terrain airport fire truck with its water bowsers filled, creating a road train weighing just over 153 tonnes.

A specialised towbar meeting the record criteria, designed by Mike Parker Design, ensured the massive weight was securely attached to the Iveco eDaily.

In order to set the record, the weight had to be towed for a minimum of 100ft.

Precision weigh pads supplied by Micro Weighing Solutions were used to weigh all the vehicles involved, adhering to the official regulations.

Adam Bishop, Britain's current Strongest Man, had the honor of driving the eDaily and breaking the world record.

Iveco UK light business-line director, Mike Cutts said: “The Iveco eDaily has made history with this impressive record, reinforcing the strength, durability, and extensive capabilities of the eDaily. With an initial target of 130 tonnes, the eDaily far surpassed record requirements. I would like to thank everyone who came together to make this possible – it was a real team effort.”

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George Barrow

George Barrow has been writing about nearly anything with wheels for the past 15 years, starting off his career in the car industry and ending up in commercial vehicles via a brief detour to cover technology, science and start-ups. Often found behind the wheel of a new product, his real interest lies in the business side of the automotive industry. George is the UK jury member of the International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up Award.

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