The suspension of tolls for trucks running on CNG and LNG is for an initial period of two years. Given Germany’s position as a major transit country, the initiative is expected to have an impact on the uptake of gas-powered trucks among international operators across Europe.
Iveco recently completed what is believed to be the longest continuous journey undertaken by a heavy truck on a single fill of gas. A Stralis NP 4×2 tractor pulling a tri-axle box van trailer and running at a gross weight of 30 tonnes completed the 1,728km two-and-a-half day road journey from London to Madrid without needing to refuel – exceeding the vehicle’s official range of 1,600km on LNG to set a new distance record.
In terms of fuel cost, the journey was £200 cheaper than if it had been undertaken by a conventional diesel truck. The Stralis’ engine does not use AdBlue.