AirFlow StarShip achieves

178.4 FTE, A 248% IMPROVEMENT OVER THE

AVERAGE NORTH AMERICAN CLASS 8 TRUCK

during a coast-to-coast, real world, freight run!

February 2018

We just finished up the truck and headed straight to the southeast section of the United States for an 850 mile shakedown run.

 

Here is an image of the StarShip rig at a race track in South Carolina where we were doing some additional shakedown testing, and some formation and drone videos.

March 2018

Next was a short 150 mile trip to Atlanta for the StarShip’s public debut at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) show in early March 2018.

 

Here is the brand new StarShip rig parked inside of the Georgia World Congress colosseum in downtown Atlanta.

We then drove 400 miles north to Kentucky for the Mid America Truck Show (MATS) in Louisville, later in the month.

 

Here is the StarShip rig parked inside of the beautiful Kentucky Exposition Center.

April 2018

After MATS, we traveled the 75 miles north to Columbus, IN to check in with our Partner’s and all of the nice folks at Cummins world headquarters in Columbus, IN.

 

We then traveled 2295 miles westward to Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA for Shell’s EcoMarathon, Make the Future event.

 

Here is the StarShip rig parked outside of the main track spectator area at Sonoma Raceway.

May 2018

We then went trucking down route I-5 to Long Beach, CA where we attended the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo.

 

Here is the StarShip rig inside of the Long Beach Convention Center.

Next up, we then traveled south from Long Beach to San Diego to start our coast-to-coast run to haul 39,000 lbs. of clean reef material to Jacksonville, FL.

 

Here is the StarShip parked in San Diego on the misty and cool morning of our departure for Jacksonville, FL.

We stopped at many overnight venues and events during our cross-country trip to Jacksonville including Gila Bend, AZ, El Paso, TX, Comfort, TX, Houston, TX, and Biloxi, MS.

 

Here is the StarShip parked in a rest area in beautiful and majestic Arizona enroute.

We stopped at Shell’s USA headquarters during the coast-to-coast run to give all of the Houston, TX employees a chance to see the StarShip up close and personal.

 

Most all of the local Shell folks said how much more impressive the truck is in person, verses an internet image.

 

It took about 45 minutes just to very carefully back out of this normally pedestrian-only section of Shell’s campus.

Here is an image of the StarShip being filled up with diesel fuel at the Love’s Truck Stop in Biloxi, MS alongside all of the less aerodynamic Class 8 trucks. As regularly happens, a driver came up to me and asked if it was an electric truck, while I had the fuel nozzle in my hand filling the tank with diesel fuel.

 

In this image, one can also see the beautiful aerodynamic MirrorEye camera stalks, where the side rear view mirrors are normally located. We were the first SuperTruck to run coast-to-coast without any conventional outside glass mirrors.

We arrived in Jacksonville and had our final stop of the coast-to-coast run in the Jacksonville Convention Center. The venue was packed with trucking and media representatives for a full-day event that lasted into the evening.

 

Here is Carlos Maurer, President of Shell Lubricants Americas, inside of the convention center and checking out the view from the Captain’s chair. I think he said that the view was better than the one he gets from his office window!

June 2018

For the last venue of our 2018 cross-country tour, we attended the Shell SuperRigs event alongside all of the show trucks, at White’s Travel Center in Raphine, VA.

 

Here is two-time NHRA Funny Car World Champion Matt Hagen with Bob Sliwa at the SuperRigs event, talking about race cars and trucks.

Newington, Connecticut
robert.sliwa@airflowtruck.com