Tesla's latest competition in making efficient truck to crisscross country: Big Oil
• Shell's energy-efficient AirFlow Starship begins its cross-country trek May 18.
• The aerodynamic truck, equipped with solar panels, aims to break the record for trucking fuel efficiency.
• Tesla is working on an electric truck, but the need for power and infrequent stopping make long-haul trucks difficult.
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The AirFlow Starship's 5,000-watt solar panels provide energy for electrical components such as lights and wipers. Other than the aerodynamic design, the hybrid electric axle system and custom automatic tire inflation make the truck more fuel efficient. Open-grill shutters allow air to cool the engine, and they automatically close to reduce drag when cooling isn't needed. The boat tail design on the back also reduces drag.