Iveco Stralis LNG becomes first to cross Europe

Spanish company Transordizia drives the first LNG-powered truck, an Iveco Stralis, across Europe

An Iveco Stralis LNG with the distinctive LNG canisters on either side of the truck body.
An Iveco Stralis LNG with the distinctive LNG canisters on either side of the truck body.

 

An Iveco Stralis LNG has become the first liquefied natural gas-powered heavy commercial vehicle to cross the continent after a vehicle owned by Spanish company Transordizia went from Madrid to Hamburg.

The Stralis LNG is Europe’s first heavy commercial vehicle to run on LNG, and the trip by Transordizia marks the latest step in a process of innovation by the company that began back in 2013.

In a victory for the technology, the Basque-based Transordizia now intends to become the first European company to routinely run a fleet of LNG trucks to transport goods internationally.

Until now, while the firm’s LNG trucks had completed many journeys, it was over much shorter distances — to northern Italy, France, Holland and Belgium.

The journey made stops at LNG stations in Madrid and Olaberría in Spain and Amberes in Belgium.

Transordizia now plans to acquire a further 20 of Iveco’s latest LNG truck model, the New Stralis NP driven by Iveco Cursor 9 natural gas Euro VI 8.7-litre engines, which generate an output of 400 hp and a maximum torque of 1,700 nm, with Hi-Way cabs.

The Cursor 9 engine is the first LNG model to generate the same output as its diesel equivalent.

The New Stralis NP is also the first natural gas-powered truck to feature a 12-speed automated gearbox (Eurotronic transmission), also reducing fuel consumption.

At the same time, high capacity fuel tanks have increased the range of the LNG model, allowing it to cover distances of 1,500km.

The improvements made to the New Stralis NP lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by 3% versus the previous model, whose fuel consumption was already 40% lower than its diesel equivalent.

Compared with its closest rival, the New Stralis NP provides 17% more output and 6% more torque.

There are currently 43 public compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling stations and 19 LNG stations in Spain, making the nation home to Europe’s biggest network of LNG fuelling stations.

 

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