Shell’s AirFlow Starship goes cross-country
Shell’s AirFlow Starship goes cross-country. Shell’s energy-efficient AirFlow Starship begins its cross-country trek today and developers of Tesla’s Semi are watching. The aerodynamic truck, equipped with 5,000-watt solar panels, aims to break the record for trucking fuel efficiency. Its hybrid electric axle system and custom automatic tire inflation will also make the Shell truck more energy efficient
new Shell truck specifically designed to optimize energy showed a 248 percent improvement in freight ton efficiency over the average cargo truck, according to a release from Shell.
Ending in Jacksonville, Florida, Shell Lubricants and AirFlow Truck Company completed a cross-country test drive for a Starship Initiative, a hyper fuel-efficient Class 8 tractor trailer. The Starship began its journey in San Diego, California in mid-May.
“Our goal with the Starship Initiative is to challenge how the trucking industry is defined and to further the conversation by working with AirFlow Truck Company and others,” said Robert Mainwaring, technology manager for innovation at Shell Lubricants, in a statement.
The Starship achieved 178.4 ton-miles per gallon for freight ton efficiency while the average North American freight ton efficiency is 72 ton-miles per gallon. Freight ton efficiency was used since it combines the weight of cargo being moved with the amount of fuel consumed.
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