Iveco has set a new world record using its new Iveco eDaily van.
The 3.5-tonne eDaily van has claimed the official Guinness World Records title 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 all-wheel drive electric car. Its rear-wheel drive drivetrain, with 140kW of power and 400Nm of torque, contributed to this achievement. The eDaily chosen for the task was a two battery model with single rear wheels.
The record attempt took place on June 20, 2023, 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 over 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 153 tonnes.
The weight had to be towed for a minimum of 100ft.
A specialised towbar meeting the record criteria, designed by Mike Parker Design, ensured the massive weight was securely attached to the Iveco eDaily.
The record-breaking attempt took place at Blackbushe Airport in Surrey, chosen for its runways, surface, and gradient meeting the strict criteria set by Guinness World Records. 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 previously set by a Tesla Model X which towed a 130-tonne Quantus airlines jet. He expressed his amazement at the van's performance, stating that it was incredible and rose to the challenge effortlessly.
This achievement by the Iveco eDaily showcases its place in electric vehicle history and highlights the advantages of its body-on-frame concept and the immediate torque delivery of its electric motor.