After taking the covers off this head-turning truck last month, oil company Shell and the AirFlow Truck Company have allowed the general public to take an up-close look at the vehicle.
Known as ‘Starship’, the truck has made its public debut at the Shell Make the Future California event in the U.S. and will start real-world testing next month, with the results to be made public (we will keep you updated).
Designed to show how energy demand in freight transportation can be reduced, the 36-tonne truck is powered by a 400hp Cummins X15 Efficiency 6-cylinder engine and uses Shell’s low viscosity, fully synthetic heavy-duty engine oil.
Robert Mainwaring, Technology Manager for Innovation at Shell Lubricants is expecting the truck to use significantly less fuel than an equivalent vehicle.
“Working with AirFlow Truck Company and other suppliers gives Shell Lubricants the opportunity to align with innovative companies to explore what is really possible in fuel efficiency.
“Transport accounts for more than one quarter of the world’s total energy use and one-fifth of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions: 72 % of which is attributable to road transportation of which trucks make up a significant part.
“Increasing efficiency and fuel economy in the commercial transport sector could therefore make considerable progress to help reduce emissions.”
Shell provided technical consultation on engine and drivetrain components, as well as recommendations for lubricant needs for use in the Starship Project truck.
Stay tuned to our Truck and Bus News section for more details on Starship as they come to hand.