Shell petitions pickup to be official U.S. vehicle

WASHINGTON, DC -- The maker of Shell Rotella engine oil is leading the effort to have the U.S. White House formally recognize the pickup truck as the "Official Vehicle of the United States." To pay homage to the substantial role pickup trucks play in shaping our nation and working their way into all parts of our society, Shell is honoring the vehicle by leading a national Shell Rotella campaign, entitled "Pickup Pride" which may forever change the way Americans view the pickup truck.

Demo shows 10 mpg is possible

ATLANTA, GA - Seven trucks have proven that 10 miles per US gallon (23.5 liters per 100 kilometers) is possible using technologies on the road today. Trucks participating in the North American Council of Freight Efficiency's Run on Less demonstration rolled into the Georgia World Congress Center just in time for the opening of the first annual North American Commercial Vehicle Show Sunday, having logged about 80,600 kilometers since starting their journey September 6, and achieving an average of 10.1 miles per gallon (23.5 liters per 100 kilometers) during the cumulative 99 days of driving.

New engine oil categories making the grade

SANTA BARBARA, CA - A new generation of engine oils is in the North American market, passing a battery of tests developed for specific engine brands. But the work of convincing buyers about related features and benefits continues. The transition from CJ-4 to CK-4 and fuel-efficient FA-4 categories has essentially been seamless, says Dan Arcy, Shell Lubricants' global OEM technical manager, referring to formulas that were officially released in December. The chemistry was driven by ongoing calls for longer drain intervals, better fuel economy, lower emissions, and increasing horsepower, after all. And these are hardly the engine oils that have flowed through pumps in years gone by. Oxidation stability had to improve to handle higher under-hood temperatures. When oil oxidizes, it becomes acidic and thickens, Arcy explained during a media briefing in California this week. At the very least, that shortens potential oil drain intervals.

Canadian places first in SuperRigs Classic Division

JOPLIN, MO - Two Canadians have placed in Shell Rotella's famed SuperRigs show and shine competition, which attracted 89 trucks. Billy Baker of St. Catharines, Ontario placed first in the 34th annual event's Classic Division, with his 2000 Kenworth W900L. Andre Bellemare of Berthierville, Quebec placed second in the Tractor-Trailer Division with a 1995 Freightliner. Best of Show honors went to Jake Lindamood of Irving, Texas, for his 1988 Peterbilt 379, earning him $10,000 from Shell Rotella and $5,000 from MAC trailer. "We won Best of Show and got picked for the SuperRigs calendar which was super exciting," said Lindamood. "Winning Best of Show was huge and we are just beyond thrilled about it." About $25,000 in cash and prizes were handed out overall.

GE Capital, Shell Partner for Natural Gas Truck Leasing

MONTREAL- One company in the financial services arena and another in the energy business have teamed up to facilitate the trucking industry's adoption in Canada of liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered trucks.Under an agreement, GE Capital Canada and Shell Canada Products will work together to reduce monthly payments for truck fleets that lease natural gas vehicles (NGVs). GE Capital has been providing wholesale and retail financing to the country's commercial trucking sector for 35 years. Specifically, fleets owners can sign natural gas fueling contracts with Shell and, separately, secure leases for LNG vehicles with GE Capital. The agreement covers equipment that will purchase fuel from Shell's facilities.In and interview with Today's Trucking, Veronique Hache, strategic initiative leader, natural gas, with GE Capital, said the company is offering the same service for natural gas powered trucks that it has for diesel powered ones for many years, but this new program is way to offset the higher costs of the alternatively fueled equipment.