Iveco recently went into the Guinness Book of Records. Tell us more?
A standard all-electric IVECO eDaily 3.5 tonne van has claimed the official Guinness World Records title for the ‘heaviest weight towed by an electric van’.
The IVECO eDaily is known for its class-leading 3.5-tonne towing capacity and strong truck-based chassis, with the van’s robust engineering now cementing its place in the history books with an official Guinness World Record.
Towing an incredible 153.58 tonnes, this standard production electric vehicle is now globally recognised for its extensive capabilities. This achievement surpasses records set by all-wheel drive electric cars, an impressive feat delivered by the eDaily’s 140kW rear-wheel drive drivetrain with 400Nm of torque.
What did the vehicle pull?
On 20 June, the eDaily was hitched to the enormous IVECO X-Way Strator truck, built for IVECO customer Essex haulage company G&B Finch. This machine was specially engineered to cope with moving large-scale loads of up to 150 tonnes.
The truck’s trailer was laden with a huge Collard Group earth-mover weighing in excess of 50 tonnes, with an additional seven tonnes of ballast being added for good measure. A fully-loaded IVECO X-Way 8×4 tipper truck was then attached to the Strator’s trailer before an all-terrain airport fire truck completed the 153-tonne road train.
How was the record-breaking effort recorded?
A specialised towbar designed by Mike Parker Design meeting record criteria ensured this vast weight was secured to the eDaily. Once it started moving the eDaily made steady progress down the stipulated 100ft of runway and crossed the finish line in front of the invigilators to claim its impressive accolade.
The van’s ‘hi-power’ mode, fitted to every eDaily as standard, was utilised on the run which provides bursts of additional power in demanding towing conditions for the all-electric van.
Blackbushe Airport in Surrey was selected as the record attempt location as its additional runways, surface and gradient met the strict Guinness World Records criteria. All towed vehicles were weighed using precision weigh pads supplied by Micro Weighing Solutions as part of the official Guinness regulations.
Britain’s current Strongest Man, Adam Bishop, drove the eDaily that broke the world record.
The IVECO eDaily made EV history and highlights the benefits of its body on frame concept and the immediate torque delivery of its electric motor. Operators undertaking demanding towing missions can rest assured that the eDaily is more than capable of its official up to 3.5 tonnes towing capacity.
Tell us about the new IVECO eDaily, available for sale, which made its UK debut at this year’s 2023 Commercial Vehicle Show?
With an unrivalled 3.5-tonne towing capacity, a truck-based chassis that carries 4.6-tonnes of payload, cavernous cargo volume of up to 19.6 cubic metres, and the tightest turning circle of its peers, the eDaily pioneers a modular battery concept with customers able to specify their vehicle with one, two, or three 37kWh units.
This eLCV’s battery technology provides operators with a range of up to 248 miles and allows for rapid charging of up to 80kW. This enables 62 miles of range to be added in just 30 minutes.