Shell’s Starship 2.0 achieves strong results in final efficiency run


The Shell Starship 2.0, the second technology of a bullet-shaped prototype tractor-trailer, achieved sturdy leads to its ultimate effectivity run in late 2022 as a part of the Shell Lubricants Provide Chain fleet that has been evaluating decarbonization choices for on-highway fleets.

Starship 2.0 executed two journeys touring 3,670 miles (5,906 km) on current routes between the Shell Houston Regional Distribution Heart (HRDC) to the Fontana Regional Distribution Heart (FRDC) in California, and from Fontana to the Atlanta Regional Distribution Heart (ARDC).

Picture of Shell Starship 2.0 truck
(Photograph: Shell)

The primary run, loaded with 46,380 kilos (21,037 kg) of Shell Rotella engine oil, was from Houston to Fontana the place it was unloaded at FRDC. For the second leg, Starship 2.0 carried 45,988 kilos (20,859 kg) of product to ARDC in Atlanta.

For the Houston to Fontana leg, the car achieved 241.5 ton-miles per gallon for freight ton effectivity (combining the burden of cargo being moved with the quantity of gas consumed) – 3.1 instances greater than the North American common freight ton effectivity for vans, which is 75.9 ton-miles per gallon. The gas financial system was 10.41 miles per gallon (22.6 liters per 100 km) on the drive from Houston to Fontana. Its finest part gas financial system was 11.2 mpg (21 L/100 km).

Gas financial system

On the Fontana to Atlanta journey, Starship 2.0 achieved 251 ton-miles per gallon when it comes to freight ton effectivity – 3.3 instances greater than the North American common freight ton effectivity for vans. It achieved 10.92 mpg (21.54 L/100 km). The very best part of the journey noticed 12.1 mpg (19.44 L/100 km).

“This drive gave us additional perception into the affect of effectivity testing with completely different payloads and miles pushed, demonstrating tangible advantages for the freight transport business because it seeks to decrease emissions,” mentioned Selda Gunsel, president of Shell International Options and vice-president — fuels and lubricants expertise. “We once more labored with the North American Council for Freight Effectivity to watch and confirm the outcomes.”

Since 2018, the Shell Starship initiative has seemed to show how a Class 8 truck’s vitality use might be lowered by harnessing presently out there energy-efficient applied sciences and lubricants, because the transportation business accelerates towards a lower-carbon future.

Pure gasoline engine for subsequent model

Plans for the subsequent technology of the Shell Starship initiative will probably be introduced on Might 2 at ACT Expo in Anaheim, Calif. Model 3.0 contains the brand new Cummins X15N Pure Fuel engine and can look to showcase leads to ton miles of freight shipped per kilogram of CO2 emitted.

“The up to date Starship will combine a best-in-class aerodynamic cab, trailer and tires, with an environment friendly powertrain and driveline, powered by Shell Renewable Pure Fuel and Shell Rotella low-friction lubricants,” mentioned Tom Mueller, international common supervisor — business highway transport lubricants.

“Cummins is happy to assist advance the revolutionary work of the Shell Starship 3.0 venture by integrating the brand new X15N large bore pure gasoline engine,” mentioned Puneet Jhawar, common supervisor, Cummins international spark ignited enterprise.

“The expansion of the renewable pure gasoline provide and addition of public CNG refueling places helps long-haul fleets acknowledge the environmental, financial and operational advantages pure gasoline engines can ship, with minimal disruption to their enterprise model.” 


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