NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas Inc. is having a rubber-meets-the-road kind of summer as its tires help carry the Shell Starship 3.0 cross-country from San Diego, Calif. to Jacksonville, Fla.
Bridgestone is collaborating with Shell on the Starship 3.0 project for the first time. Bridgestone will be equipping the Shell Starship with 18 tires in total. Specifically, the Bridgestone R213 Ecopia steer tires and Greatec R197 drive and trailer tires will be supplied for the project.
"The Ecopia steer and Greatec drive and trailer tires share something important in common: fuel efficiency," Tanya Miracle, director of TBR and Retread OE account management, Bridgestone Americas, said in an email interview. "Our Ecopia line is designed to provide eco-friendly performance through higher fuel efficiency and safety, while the Greatec R197 offers improved rolling resistance and optimum fuel efficiency. These Bridgestone products are an ideal fit for the Shell Starship concept, which aligns with Bridgestone's own journey into becoming a global leader in sustainable mobility solutions."
The Shell Starship is a hyper-aerodynamic, fuel-efficient heavy-duty concept truck developed by Shell. The company said in early May at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Anaheim, Calif., that the 3.0 concept truck will be riding on Bridgestone tires.