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Shell joins Daimler on new truck fuel efficiency challenge

Shell has supplied the fuels and lubricants for Daimler's 10,000km 'Record Run 2011' to test the fuel efficiency of its newest truck series.
shell fuel save truck challenge 2011

Shell is the exclusive fuels and lubricants supplier for Daimler's road test of their new Actros Euro V and Actros Euro VI trucks.

Shell has supplied the fuels and lubricants for Daimler's 10,000km 'Record Run 2011' to test the fuel efficiency of its newest truck series. The Mercedes-Benz Actros Euro V and Actros Euro VI demonstrated their improved fuel consumption versus the current Actros MP3 Euro V (which set the fuel consumption world record for 40 tonne trucks in 2008¹). All three trucks were powered by Shell FuelSave Diesel and fitted with Shell Rimula R6 LME heavy duty engine oil.


Driving in normal traffic conditions on a regular service route between Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Szczecin (Poland) and returning to Rotterdam, the Actros Euro V and Euro VI achieved fuel savings of 7.6% and 4.5% respectively versus the Actros MP3. In absolute figures this equals an average fuel consumption of 25,1l/100km for the new Actros Euro V and 25,9l/100km for the new Actros Euro VI (Actros MP3: 27,1l/100km). The test was overseen by DEKRA, the German Motor Vehicle Inspection Association.

Shell fuel save truckers holding checquered flag
Shell inspector checking fuel intake

“This fantastic achievement underlines how effective our relationship with Daimler has become in terms of the delivery of world class fuel efficiency for freight transport vehicles", said Colin Abraham, Shell's Vice President for Lubricants and Commercial Fuels Marketing.

“Our collaboration with Daimler allows us to co-engineer smart lubricants alongside the latest state-of-the-art engine technology to help maximise the fuel efficiency that can be achieved from the next generation of trucks. This embodies Shell's Smarter Mobility initiative. With transport accounting for nearly one quarter of global CO2 emissions, it is essential that we continue to work collaboratively to ensure the delivery of longterm, energy-efficient transport solutions.”


Shell's Smarter Mobility initiative aims to combine the development of smarter transport-related products with the smarter use of these products and the promotion of smarter infrastructure in which to operate. For example, our fuel economy formula products are available in more than 21 countries.


With the number of vehicles on the road set to rise significantly over the next decade, this approach to future transport is intended to provide customers with the tools to 'use less and emit less', as well as encourage governments, businesses and consumers to look at collaborative solutions to the transport challenges of the future.

Maintenance activity during the truck fuel save challenge
Re-fuelling activity during the fuel save truck challenge
Shell FuelSave Diesel saves up to 3% fuel by maintaining a vehicle's operating efficiency over the long term. Its proprietary formulation contains a powerful detergent designed to keep engines' fuel systems clean, thereby helping to maintain optimum fuel atomisation, efficient combustion, power and fuel economy. It also provides corrosion protection, improves de-hazing and reduces the natural foaming tendencies of diesel.
Fuel save truck challenge gets underway

Shell Rimula R6 LME – a fully synthetic lubricant developed in collaboration with Daimler, uses a unique technology that adapts chemically and physically to meet the changing needs of heavy duty engines throughout their use. It provides the right level of engine protection and contributes to efficient transport operations by helping to reduce fuel consumption and lower exhaust emissions.

“The Record Run 2011 with our new Actros Euro V and Euro VI trucks has set a new standard in fuel efficiency for road transport,” said Dr Moeller, Head of Vehicle Testing at Daimler.

“A determining factor in the success of the test run was the fuelling logistics which enabled us to stay within our daily schedule. Shell not only established the ideal framework for rapid and efficient refuelling at the start- and end-point at their Portland Retail site in Rotterdam, but also supported daily refuelling at Peine (Hannover) with a modern fuel tank car. We would like to thank Shell for their professional support and great flexibility during the preparation and implementation of the event.”

¹ In 2008, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Actros (MP3), set a Guinness world record in Nardo in Italy also using Shell FuelSave Diesel and Shell Rimula R6 LME. In perfect conditions on a track it was found to be the most fuel-efficient 40-tonne truck in the world

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Notes to editors

Shell Commercial Fuels

  1. Shell Commercial Fuels provides transport fuels, heavy fuel oils and heating fuels to more than 15,000 customers in over 20 countries worldwide. The business focuses on developing innovative solutions that meet customers' sophisticated energy needs and provide tangible benefits like improved operational efficiency, reduced environmental impact and enhanced business performance.
  2. In a five-month trial in Austria, Europapier, one of Europe's largest paper wholesalers, found that using Shell FuelSave Diesel provided an average of 5.2% saving in fuel use compared to standard diesel.
  3. In 2010, Zeppelin Austria, representing Caterpillar, the world's leading producer of construction machinery, reduced their fuel consumption by 8.8% in a trial using New Shell Diesel with fuel economy formula.
  4. In countries where Commercial Fuels does not have direct presence, it makes its products available to customers by building strong partnerships with resellers.

Shell Lubricants

  1. The term “Shell Lubricants” collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the lubricants business. They manufacture and blend products for use in a range of applications, from consumer motoring to mining and power generation to commercial transport. Shell's portfolio of lubricant brands includes Pennzoil®, Quaker State®, Shell Rotella T, Shell Helix, Shell Rimula, Shell Tellus and Monarch and the Jiffy Lube® fast lube franchise. Shell has leading lubricants research centres in Germany, Japan (joint venture with Showa Shell), UK and the USA.
  2. Our products are manufactured and marketed in more countries than any other lubricants supplier's, enabling us to supply to our largest customers. We are expanding rapidly into emerging markets while continuing to seek growth in our heartland markets.
  3. We focus on developing products and services that provide both superior protection and efficiency.
  4. In a trial carried out with a fleet of trucks operated by a leading UK supermarket, Shell Rimula R6 LME demonstrated it can help fleet operators reduce fuel consumption by up to two percent (compared to a typical 10W-40 oil), potentially helping customers save thousands of dollars each year.

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