Published: 07/04/2017 15:39 - Updated: 07/04/2017 15:43

Truck traverses the country - on just one tank of fuel

The IVECO Stralis NP (Natural Power) parked at the John O’Groats car park on Sunday before starting its two day challenge driving 874 miles to Lands’s End on one tank of liquefied natural gas. It left Monday morning and arrived in Cornwall on Tuesday.
The IVECO Stralis NP (Natural Power) parked at the John O’Groats car park on Sunday before starting its two day challenge driving 874 miles to Lands’s End on one tank of liquefied natural gas. It left Monday morning and arrived in Cornwall on Tuesday.

A Lorry manufacturer is celebrating successfully completing its challenge from travelling from John O’Groats to Land’s End on just one tank of fuel.

The Iveco Stralis NP (Natural Power) proved its claim it could travel the 874 mile journey between both sets of famous signposts without running out of gas during the two day trek.

The lorry was fuelled with liquefied natural gas and Iveco devised the challenge to prove its claim natural gas is the only serious alternative fuel with prospects for widespread use.

The lorry arrived at John O’Groats on Sunday with two back up lorries which accompanied the Iveco Stralis NP during its journey from the far north of Scotland to south-west England.

The lorry set off from John O’Groats on Monday at 6.30am.

It travelled down the A99 and then the A9 in Caithness before taking a pit stop in Inverness.

The lorry then travelled down the rest of Scotland across the English border and planned to stop in Preston overnight before continuing the journey the next morning.

The lorry carried on in the final leg of its journey with live updates of the challenge being reported on its Twitter site with the drivers receiving messages of support via the #jog2le hashtag from members of the public.

After a brief stop in Exeter, the lorry managed to safely make it to Land’s End with fuel still in the tank.

Afterwards the lorry was set to be refuelled to determine how much gas it had used during the entire journey.

Iveco said the Stralis NP is the first natural gas truck specifically designed for long-haul operations and claims it is the only truck that can run on compressed or liquid natural gas.

It features a new engine that delivers 400 hp and 1700 Nm torque with a 12 speed automatic gearbox which can travel on a full tank up to 1500km.

Iveco brand president Pierre Lahutte said: “The New Stralis NP builds on Iveco’s extensive expertise to take a step into the future. It is the first true long-haul gas truck in the market that offers an alternative to diesel vehicles and the most sustainable long-distance transport truck ever.”

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