Sustainability

The future of fleet efficiency

By  Elizabeth Fretheim, Walmart March 05, 2014

Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience with trailer

Our U.S. trucks log millions of miles every year, delivering products to our more than 4,800 locations across the country. So when it comes to sustainability and fleet efficiency, the goal is simple: deliver more while driving fewer miles. This goal is the driving principle behind our commitment to double fleet efficiency by 2015 (compared to 2005). We’re already 80% of the way there. Since 2007, we’ve delivered 658 million more cases while driving 298 million fewer miles.

But the key to continued improvement is through technology. We need to use the most efficient equipment available – and we need to pursue and test the technologies of tomorrow. That’s why we’ve been working with our suppliers to pilot new and emerging technologies for about 20 years. These tests have included a number of prototypes: hybrid assist, wheel-end hybrid assist, full propulsion hybrid, natural gas (LNG and CNG) and waste grease. 

In Canada, our Supercube trailer pilot has just entered its second test phase after proving that it can ship up to 40% more merchandise than conventional tractor-trailer combinations, reducing costs by 24% and greenhouse gas emissions by 14%.

The latest example of this is our new Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience concept truck, which is the result of collaboration between many vendor partners, including Peterbilt, Great Dane Trailers and Capstone Turbine. The truck combines aerodynamic, mictroturbine-hybrid powertrain, electrification, and advanced control systems all in one vehicle.

Like the concept cars you see at auto shows, this prototype will evolve before it’s ready for the road. But it’s exciting to think about how any one of the new features might become an industry standard in the future. The important thing is that we find incremental improvements while also challenging ourselves to look at fleet efficiency in new and different ways. 
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14 Comments

Carl ToelkenMARCH 21, 2014 8:07 PM

I am the first to comment on this article. I think that's really cool. It's been up for 16 days and has 37 likes. My comment about this article? It's even cooler with my comment. Thanks, Walmart! Keep on Truckin'

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Carl ToelkenMARCH 21, 2014 8:12 PM

I'm the first person to comment on this article again. I feel like I've been here before? This article is even betterer with 2 first comments by me! Thanks, again Walmart!

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Michael ForsytheAPRIL 2, 2014 8:39 AM

REALLY?? You think this is a good thing? How does it benefit there employees? When you have employee starting a food drive for themselves.

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Brian BennettAPRIL 20, 2014 10:30 AM

i do not its going to halp anyone but the driveers of the Trucks..and ps this will make the wilmart 's employee's mad.

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Jeff ShepardsonAPRIL 23, 2014 11:06 AM

Really? Think about it, how whould this benefit the employees? Simple, more fuel efficient trucks can help lower costs in all directions. If your salary stays the same, but the price of food can drop, then everyone benefits. The trucks they use now burns 1 gallon of fuel an hour just idoling, and gets about 6 MPG. If they can cut diesel use that would be great. It costs around $800 a day in diesel for regular rigs.

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