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Shell Rotella’s Starship Truck to debut early 2018

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – If Captain James T. Kirk and his sidekick Spock were to get behind the wheel of a big rig, surely Shell Rotella’s Starship Truck would be an obvious choice.

Providing a sneak peek into the details of its Starship Truck initiative, Shell Rotella plans to unveil its next generation vehicle early 2018 with a coast-to-coast tour, showcasing what the company says will be a more fuel efficient option for long haul transportation in a world where energy demand will continue to rise.

Bob Mainwaring, technology manager of innovation for Shell Lubricants, said the overall goal of the Starship Truck is to produce a more energy efficient vehicle that can minimize the amount of energy needed to move goods.

With transport trucks currently getting anywhere between six and 6.5 mpg fuel efficiency, the Starship initiative aims to design a truck that can at least double that mark by improving roll resistance, aerodynamics, and engine efficiency.

When measuring energy efficiency, Mainwaring said people must get away from their tendency to simply look at miles per gallon as the gauge of success.

“Miles per gallon is the metric, but I don’t think it’s the best metric,” explained Mainwaring, saying the focus should rather be on freight-ton efficiency, which measures how much fuel is used to move a certain amount of cargo.

For example, one truck moving one ton of freight at 10 mpg would equate to 10 ton mpg, while one truck moving 20 tons of freight at 7mpg would equal 140 ton mpg, a more efficient freight-ton efficiency, Mainwaring said.

To enhance the overall efficiency of a truck, Mainwaring divides the multitude of options into two categories – those that reduce energy demand, such as lightweight components, auto tire inflation systems, exhaust aftertreatment, and aerodynamics, and others that enhance the efficiency of energy delivery, like the engine, transmission, regeneration, and solar energy capabilities.

Facing what he said were three hard truths the world is facing moving toward 2050 – increased energy use, lack of resources, and energy security – Mainwaring said it is imperative that transportation, which makes up 35% of the world’s energy use, become more efficient.

To emphasis this need, Mainwaring underscored that by 2050 the world’s population is expected to increase to nine billion, people in cities would reach 75%, and energy demand would increase by 200%, all of which could have a significant impact on the environment.

“Because transport is the largest segment, you have to pay close attention to it if you’re going to reduce CO2 emissions,” Mainwaring said.

Chris Guerrero, global heavy duty engine oil brand manager, Shell Lubricants, said the Starship Truck initiative was the perfect example of “the beauty of the American can-do spirit,” while Mainwaring added that it is imperative that we not put off until tomorrow what we can do today.

Shell Rotella Starship Truck model.


Pall-Ex invests in 45 new vehicles

Pall-Ex, the Leicestershire logistics group founded by former Dragons’ Den star Hilary Devey two decades ago, has invested more than £250,000 into its upgrading its fleet.

The Coalville-headquartered company has bought 45 new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) forklift vehicles.

The new Hyster H2.0FT Advance trucks were supplied by Pall-Ex’s long-term partner, materials handling equipment supplier Briggs Equipment.

Richard Southern, general hub manager at Pall-Ex, said: “This forklift truck investment has benefitted the business at all levels.

“Operationally, we’ve reduced overheads by choosing economical vehicles with a simple fuel system. We’re seeing better accuracy and in turn, increased customer and staff satisfaction, as well as safer working practices.”

Cameron Freakley, forklift truck operators at Pall-Ex, said: “The telematics system on the trucks makes our pre-shift check a lot easier to follow and complete, and proactively ensures any serious issues are avoided by disabling the engine as soon as any system error is picked up.

“The steering is very light and responsive compared to the previous models, the engine is more powerful and the hydraulic controls allow our team to be more accurate with manoeuvres.

“The increased efficiency of the engine means all drivers only have to refuel once per shift and it’s much easier to see colleagues approaching with the blue light system, reducing the risk of accidents within the warehouse.”


New engine oil from Shell Rotella meets both heavy-duty and passenger vehicle requirements

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Shell Rotella introduced several new products Sept. 20, including its T6 Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 full synthetic oil, which is formulated for both heavy-duty diesel and passenger vehicles with gasoline engines.

The new oil meets the performance requirements of API CK-4 and API SN, meaning it is formulated to meet 800 parts per million of phosphorus maximum for passenger vehicles by boosting supplemental anti-wear performance.

“This is the first Rotella to meet both heavy-duty and passenger car criteria,” said Jason Brown, global technology manager for Shell Lubricants. “No question, period.”

Brown underscored the challenges in developing oil suitable for both heavy-duty and passenger vehicle applications, including the use of performance additives, with heavy-duty varieties containing more anti-wear, dispersant, and detergents to deliver longer oil drain intervals than is required for passenger vehicles.

Brown said there are no indications on the horizon for a new API category for heavy-duty diesel engine oils, but the key drivers that shape today’s specifications would continue – reduced emissions, fuel economy, cost of ownership, engine technology changes, and engine operating conditions.

He did point out that countries such as China and India would be releasing their own engine specifications in 2020 and beyond.

“It’s not like the rest of the world is not coming on,” Brown said, adding that Shell Rotella will meet the demands of those markets, as well as mounting global markets.

Shell Rotella conducted a study in Germany that indicated there will be a 43% increase in total freight, with a surge in trucks on the road from today’s approximate three million to 3.5 million in the next 20 years.

Brown said the majority of heavy-duty applications will continue to be fueled by diesel, as there is currently no other way to move a heavy, long distance haul as quickly and efficiently as it is with diesel. He also said electric light- and medium-duty vehicles will emerge in urban markets, while natural gas will be an option for heavy-duty.

Dan Arcy, global OEM technology manager for Shell Lubricants, also announced the release of two new products, the first being Shell Rotella DEF (diesel exhaust fluid), which Arcy said is a product customers now need, meets ISO 22241 requirements, and is API registered.

Dan Arcy.

In addition to DEF, Arcy introduced six Rotella oil filters with long drain intervals that the company says meets OEM requirements for 99% of pickup customers.

Stede Granger, OEM technical manager for Shell Lubricants, focused on Shell Rotella’s heavy-duty nitrate free coolant, ELC NF, which was released a year ago and offers extended water pump life, limited inhibitor depletion, reduced cost and maintenance, and a 600,000-mile/12,000-hour life capability.

With today’s modern engines designed for fuel economy, lower emissions, reliability, and power, the use of aluminum has forced coolants to go nitrate free, as the chemical, when combined with high flow around aluminum, produces ammonia, which raises PH levels and harms engine components.

Along with its ELC NF coolant, Granger announced the release of Shell Rotella ELC Correction Fluid, which is designed to correct inhibitor levels in Rotella ELC NF coolant in cases where the corrosion inhibitor levels have been reduced by the addition of subsequent coolants during servicing.

The correction fluid is intended to adjust inhibitors to initial levels and avoids the need to drain and refill the entire system. Shell Rotella recommends that customers use the correction fluid once coolant levels are compromised by 20% or more with a foreign coolant.

Shell Rotella highlighted several key moments in the company’s past, present, and future during the press event in Santa Barbara.

Megan Pino, Shell Rotella brand manager for Shell Lubricants, pointed to the company’s beginnings in 1971 with its first multi-grade oil, the introduction of triple protection technology in 2006, and the T4 triple protection launch in 2016.

Arcy said a lot has changed since last year’s T4 launch, with new specifications from OEMs and their diesel engines, driven by a desire for reduced emissions and fuel consumption, increased power, and extended equipment life and service intervals.

Taking about five years to fully develop, Shell Rotella released its CK-4/FA-4 categories of oil, offering improvements in oxidation stability, aeration benefits, and shear stability.

The new T6 Multi-Vehicle full synthetic engine oil will soon be available from NAPA, Walmart, and O’Reilly’s retailers.