AirFlow Starship – Hyper-Fuel Efficient Truck

The Starship is an innovative, material step towards reducing emissions and increasing overall efficiency and fuel economy in the transport sector. This next-generation truck features a custom, aerodynamic design and aims to demonstrate improvements in fuel economy for class 8 trucks while lowering CO2 emissions.

THE NEXT INNOVATION

The pursuit of significant fuel economy gains for class 8 trucks and trailers is a challenging process given the size and traditional construction of a tractor and trailer. However, with new fuel economy regulations on the horizon and the need for continuing advances in fuel economy, Shell Lubricants recognizes that a holistic approach to making fuel economy gains is important.

Shell Lubricants and AirFlow Truck Company joined forces to develop a hyper-fuel efficient Class 8 tractor trailer,  Starship—and are sending it coast-to-coast to see just how energy efficient goods transport by road can be. Follow along with the journey #ShellStarship.

About Starship

The Starship Initiative is designed to explore the future of what’s possible in truck design, fuel economy savings and CO2 reduction.

  • Aerodynamics:
    • Bespoke 100% hyper-aerodynamic carbon fiber Cab
    • Active Grill Shutters (active based on temperature to maximize aerodynamics and maximize efficiency)
    • Aerodynamic boat tail for streamlined air flow around truck and drag reduction
  • Efficiency:
    • Hybrid electric axle system for a power boost while climbing grades
    • Custom automatic tire inflation system for consistent tire pressure and optimal fuel economy
    • Downspeed axle configuration provides improved efficiency and pulling power
    • 5000 Watt solar array charges and stores power for normal electrical components
  • Shell Technologies for Starship:
    • Utilizes full synthetic Shell Heavy Duty Engine Oil
    • Shell Rotella DEF Diesel Exhaust Fluid and Shell ROTELLA Extended Life Coolant keep engine and cooling systems at peak efficiency
    • Spirax S6 GXME  75W-80 transmission oil, Spirax S5 ADE 75W-85 differential oil and Spirax S6 GME 40 wheel hub oil for performance and protection