Walmart’s Futuristic “Green” Truck Concept Drives Innovation
Walmart recently debuted a truck prototype designed to save fuel and comply with coming EPA standards. Built in partnership with Peterbilt, Great Dane Trailer and Capstone Turbine, the futuristic WAVE (Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience) has a unique look that’s been compared to an F-1 race car and a “smushed Corvette.” That’s a good thing, right? A quick kick of the tires …
The driver sits in the center of the tractor, making its cab design more aerodynamic and efficient … except at drive-thru windows.
It has a turbine-powered battery-electric hybrid drivetrain and its combustion engine runs on biodiesel, diesel and natural gas.
Its carbon fiber trailer is about 4,000 pounds lighter than conventional trailers.
The lighter trailer can carry more cargo without sacrificing power or fuel efficiency, thanks to a convex nose that increases space while reducing drag.
The trailer’s 53-foot side panels are the largest single pieces of carbon fiber ever produced. Go win a bar bet with that.
Though Walmart has yet to release fuel numbers, the similarly streamlined AirFlow BulletTruck got 13.4 mpg on a cross country trip.
Not impressed? Consider that tractor trailers usually get 5 or 6 mpg.
Like what you see? Take a picture. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon says the WAVE “may never make it to the road, but it will allow us to test new technologies and new approaches.”