The Starship represents the future of trucking

July 23, 2018

Cargo trucks have often been perceived as fuel-guzzlers and being resource heavy. No fault of theirs since it’s no joke carrying several tons of freight on your back for long distances. Yet Shell Lubricants and AirFlow Truck Company believe this is a thing of the past.

The two companies have collaborated and come up with the Starship Project. While the name may suggest it to be something straight out of Star Trek, it is in fact a futuristic approach to cargo trucking. What it essentially aims to achieve is going further using less energy while maximizing the cargo carrying capacity.

Thanks to its expertise in lubrication, Shell puts forward a low viscosity fully synthetic motor oil that is designed to reduce engine stress and lessen wear while improving fuel economy. It is likewise aimed at lower emissions despite maintaining the usual load requirements.  In line with this, Shell also provided technical know-how on engine and drivetrain components, ensuring that these will operate in the most efficient manner to meet future fuel and emissions regulation that are set to become tighter in the years to come.

For its part, AirFlow Truck Compnay designed an ultra-efficient cab and chassis that is as aerodynamically streamlined as possible. Such a design isn’t just aesthetically pleasing but also helps the truck slip thru the wind with the greatest of ease. As poetic as this may sound, it pays off handsomely in terms of fuel efficiency.

In order to fine-tune their theory and turn it into reality, the Starship was put thru its paces in a coast-to-cast run from California to Florida last May. The journey saw the truck carry 36,287kg—the maximum payload—while returning stellar fuel economy and freight tonne efficiency. What this means is that this truck can go for long distances with the maximum payload on less fuel.

And this is what Shell, AirFow, and the global trucking industry hope to achieve. It is a significant step in the right direction towards a greener future. With the demand for cargo and logistics set to grow in the next few years, this should put many fears to rest about precious resources being wsted.

The Starship Porject is on display at the Shell Make the Future California event in Sonoma, California.

About the Author

Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.