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

Alex MaquedaAPRIL 6, 2014 3:58 AM

As a commercial driver looks like a fun ride, I see no stick shift so I'm assuming it's an automatic which makes driving easier, I'm applying when to drive for you as soon as I meet the minimum requirements.

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Jen RumoreAPRIL 7, 2014 1:30 AM

My husband & I pitched THIS heavy transport truck concept & design to Walmart approximately 5 years ago. After several weeks of collaboration we were told by Elizabeth Fretheim that Walmart would not pursue the project. Recently Walmart, in collaboration with Peterbilt, released this 1 minute video showcasing OUR design and concept, but they only had half the creation in the pitch, and no non-disclosure clause by bypassing us. It would be nice to collaborate with them to realize the full vision.

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Ed Pitt FordAPRIL 7, 2014 11:01 AM

Hi, please may you put me in touch with the person leading this project? I have an innovation which could make it even better! Cheers Ed

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Michael ForsytheAPRIL 2, 2014 8:37 AM

I can not believe you think a truck is going is going to make up on how you treat your employees. You have employees that are making min wage that can't even afford to meet there bills. And this company spends money on a truck. REALLY!! I will never shop at Walmart again.

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Claire MessierMARCH 30, 2014 8:56 AM

wow - my husband is a trucker - I'd love for him to drive one of these! Way to go WalMart!

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