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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.

The Iveco eDaily has made its first public appearance in the UK at the CV Show in Birmingham.

The large electric van has been available to order since 2022, but this is the first opportunity for customers to get up close and personal with the eDaily.

Iveco says it has received high levels of customer enquiries from across the light commercial vehicle industry since the Iveco eDaily order books were first opened. Early adopters have included Tesco and The AA.

Mike Cutts, Iveco light business line director, said: “The IVECO eDaily’s high degree of connectivity means that operators will be better informed about vehicle performance than ever. Better planning leads to better efficiencies, and so having intelligent eDaily tools at your disposal will make a big impact for customers.”

What the key features of the new IVECO eDaily electric van?

The new IVECO eDaily electric LCV is a fully fledged workhorse, with a 3.5-tonne towing capacity, built on a truck-based chassis that can carry up to 4.6 tonnes of payload.

The large rear cargo area has a volume of up to 19.6 cubic metres, and despite its size it also has the tightest turning circle of its peers like the Ford E-Transit and Maxus E Deliver 9.

The eDaily uses a modular battery concept, allowing customers to specify their vehicle with one, two, or three 37kWh units. This allows operators to tailor their Iveco eDaily to its specific mission, balancing range with payload and journey patterns.

The vehicle has a range of up to 248 miles and can be rapidly charged at a speed of up to 80kW, adding 62 miles of range in just 30 minutes.

Another notable feature is the eDaily's 15kW high voltage ePTO, which enables the vehicle to provide supplementary power to run specialised vehicle bodies such as refrigeration units, waste compactors, and emergency equipment.

The eDaily is also one of the most connected commercial vehicles on the market, with all models coming with the four-year eSTART package as standard for both fleet and retail customers.

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