Iveco hauls in world record for heaviest weight towed by an electric van
Last year, Italian multinational transport company Iveco launched an electric version of its "iconic" Daily diesel workhorse van. Now the eDaily has gone way beyond its towing capacity to drive into the Guinness World Record books.
Iveco launched the electric version of its Daily van platform at the IAA Transportation trade fair in Hanover, and the eDaily then made its UK debut at the 2023 Commercial Vehicle Show at NEC Birmingham in April.
The vehicle features a 140-kW electric drivetrain capable of producing 400 Nm (295 lb.ft) of torque and has a top speed of 120 km/h (74.5 mph). Its top-spec battery pack is reckoned good for up to 400 km (248.5 miles) of urban driving per charge.
The commercial van version that slowly rolled down the 30 meters (100 ft) of runway at the Blackbushe Airport in Surrey on June 20 is rated to haul 3.5 tonnes behind it, but it managed quite a bit more with Brit strongman Adam Bishop at the wheel and Guinness officials watching closely.
First it was hitched to an Iveco X-Way Strator truck that itself had a 50-tonne Collard Group earth-mover on its trailer and an Iveco X-Way 8-x4 tipper truck hauled behind. Then an all-terrain airport fire truck joined the towed convoy, for a combined weight of 153.58 tonnes (more than 338,500 lb).
Bishop floored the pedal while the e-van's High Power mode helped the eDaily to crawl and haul past the finish line, to be confirmed as the Guinness World Record holder for the "heaviest weight towed by an electric van" – as you can see in the video below.