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See the Futuristic Concept Truck Walmart Wants to Use to Maximize Efficiency on the Road
The Blaze ^ | Feb. 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Kreft

Posted on 02/19/2014 4:53:43 AM PST by thackney

You’ve never seen a transport truck quite like this.

Walmart created a concept truck to maximize efficiency on the road, and the result is something that looks a little more spaceship than tractor-trailer.

Walmart Corporate announced the project Feb. 17 during a meeting to report on progress with reaching the company’s sustainability goals.

Chris Sultemeier, senior vice president and head of corporate transportation services for Wal-Mart, said the company also has agreed to buy 2,000 hydrogen-fueled forklift trucks for use in its U.S. and Canadian distribution centers, the Transport Times reported.

In 2005, Wal-Mart set a goal of doubling the efficiency of its truck fleet by 2015. Sultemeier said the company reached 80% of its goal by purchasing more fuel-efficient trucks and finding ways to ship more goods in less space and using fewer trucks.

The company uploaded a video of the truck on YouTube and described it as the “latest in (their) fleet efficiency program.”

The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience, or WAVE, concept truck is … (a) one-of-a-kind prototype offers a whole package of firsts. The tractor has very advanced aerodynamics and is powered by a prototype advanced turbine-powered, range-extending series hybrid powertrain.

The trailer is made almost exclusively with carbon fiber, saving around 4,000 pounds which can then be used to carry more freight.


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KEYWORDS: diesel; energy; walmart
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1 posted on 02/19/2014 4:53:43 AM PST by thackney
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To: thackney

OK, where’s the space for the truck stop hookers?


2 posted on 02/19/2014 4:56:14 AM PST by Yossarian
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To: thackney

Also, I note that if one wanted to live the trucker life portrayed in “Smokey and the Bandit”, or the series “BJ and the Bear”, there is no space up front for a hound dog or a chimpanzee to accompany and advise the driver.

What kind of advancement is this?


3 posted on 02/19/2014 5:00:02 AM PST by Yossarian
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To: thackney

How does it keep the windshield clear in rain and snow? Also it doesn’t seem to have roll down windows. That could complicate several things like tolls and weigh stations.


4 posted on 02/19/2014 5:00:09 AM PST by prisoner6 (FREEDOM)
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To: thackney

Great...but will WalMart hire Americans to drive them?


5 posted on 02/19/2014 5:02:08 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Diversity is just racism against white folks)
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To: thackney; shibumi
That is one creepy truck.


6 posted on 02/19/2014 5:04:02 AM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: SeminoleCounty

“Great...but will WalMart hire Americans to drive them?”

or build them?


7 posted on 02/19/2014 5:04:55 AM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: prisoner6

Wiper Blades Might Soon Be a Thing of the Past
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/12/16/wiper-blades-might-soon-be-a-thing-of-the-past/


8 posted on 02/19/2014 5:05:58 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Interesting that this appears in time for Obama’s newest decree on heavy truck fuel standards. Looks like one more “Truck of the future” that will never hit the road. Walmart already contracts out most of their freight hauling anyway.


9 posted on 02/19/2014 5:07:19 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: thackney

10 posted on 02/19/2014 5:07:28 AM PST by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: prisoner6
Also it doesn’t seem to have roll down windows. That could complicate several things like tolls and weigh stations.

Not to mention exhaust leaks. Speaking of which, where is the exhaust stack?

11 posted on 02/19/2014 5:08:39 AM PST by SeeSharp
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To: thackney

Very cool. But any engineer could tell you that the front of a tractor trailer should be shaped like a jet’s nose. The issue is getting the functional components to fit within that shape, and ROI.


12 posted on 02/19/2014 5:09:00 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: prisoner6

“That could complicate several things like tolls”

Driver in the center will need loooong arms to pay tolls.


13 posted on 02/19/2014 5:09:00 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: thackney

That cab looks like a real treat for summer afternoon driving.


14 posted on 02/19/2014 5:09:19 AM PST by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: thackney

The tractor is by Peterbuilt
The trailer is by Great Dane

There was no rear faring that one sees on a number of trailers these days

This is what Walmart has always done....... lead

They selected the best to do what they needed


15 posted on 02/19/2014 5:09:34 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Yossarian

Kind of like this:
http://www.google.com/imgres?biw=1024&bih=514&tbm=isch&tbnid=C38AcV2vWG0PzM%3A&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thepetrolstop.com%2F2012%2F06%2Fhighwayman-truck.html&docid=7Jx82fruYl8J9M&imgurl=http%3A%2F%2F3.bp.blogspot.com%2F-PxbIcTbeIKE%2FT-mmsWS7fPI%2FAAAAAAAACFg%2FL1AbCm1sEn0%2Fs1600%2F798.jpg&w=480&h=360&ei=E6wEU4W4AcTQyAHTwYDIAg&zoom=1&ved=0CGoQhBwwBA&iact=rc&dur=322&page=2&start=4&ndsp=12


16 posted on 02/19/2014 5:09:41 AM PST by FAA
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To: cripplecreek
Walmart already contracts out most of their freight hauling anyway.

I don't think they've made any recent changes. They do their own store deliveries for dry goods and contract out the grocery deliveries. Inbound freight to the distribution centers is up for bids, as it always has been.

17 posted on 02/19/2014 5:11:21 AM PST by SeeSharp
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To: prisoner6

And those mirrors are way too small.


18 posted on 02/19/2014 5:16:53 AM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; prisoner6

Ahhh.... those of you that just don’t think.

Manually paying tolls is obsolete. To pay the toll, you press the button, the onboard computer calculates the toll and pays the toll station computer.

The onboard strain gauges in the trailer relay the axle loads to the computer that transmits the numbers to the weigh station. In the event of overweight, the fine is calculated by the weigh station and then paid. There is thus no need for a line of trucks at the chicken coop. There is no need to stop


19 posted on 02/19/2014 5:18:07 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: thackney

Eye-yi-yi. Kinda like being strapped to the front bumper of your KW.


20 posted on 02/19/2014 5:18:31 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Most people live in a fantasy world when it comes to truck driving.

The reality is that the truck of tomorrow is the one on the highway today. They’re at a balancing point between fuel efficiency and amount of freight that can be hauled. Tip that balance either way and costs go up.


21 posted on 02/19/2014 5:20:19 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Yossarian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iTTgxqZqTaA

Watch the video. (The chimpanzee was in the truck stop getting a roller hotdog during the filming)


22 posted on 02/19/2014 5:23:59 AM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: al_c

I expect the cameras have video on the control panels making the driver aware 360


23 posted on 02/19/2014 5:25:19 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: thackney

It looks a lot like the truck from an old 80s series called “The Highwayman”.

But I’m guessing the tractor portion doesn’t convert into a helicopter.


24 posted on 02/19/2014 5:26:18 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: thackney

That’s pretty fascinating. Never have really noticed how fighter planes didn’t have wipers. I’m a little surprised that it wasn’t applied to vehicles already.


25 posted on 02/19/2014 5:32:18 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: thackney
Doesn't look intimidating enough to get the load delivered....
26 posted on 02/19/2014 5:33:11 AM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: KoRn

I use a different method.

http://www.rainx.com/product/glass-and-cleaners/rainx-original-glass-treatment/#.UwSzGvldV8E


27 posted on 02/19/2014 5:35:10 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: al_c

And those mirrors are way too small.


I’m gonna guess they are cameras. Mirrors are sooooooo 20th century. :-)


28 posted on 02/19/2014 5:38:23 AM PST by cuban leaf
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To: thackney

Rain X is awesome!! A good coating of that stuff, and you literally don’t need wipers for a good month or two. I remember one year where I literally didn’t run my wipers all Summer, and during the Summer we have heavy afternoon thunder storms almost daily.


29 posted on 02/19/2014 5:42:11 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: thackney

Very cool. Looks like something designed by Syd Mead.


30 posted on 02/19/2014 5:42:15 AM PST by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: thackney

looks like a gremlin...the big eared evil toy


31 posted on 02/19/2014 5:46:00 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: thackney

How much will they have to raise prices to pay for these hi-tech toys?


32 posted on 02/19/2014 5:53:28 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: thackney

I know they tried gas-turbine trucks back in the 1950’s and 1960’s.


33 posted on 02/19/2014 5:53:39 AM PST by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: Nowhere Man

This has a turbine hybrid so it doesn’t need to wait for the turbine to ramp up for acceleration. The electric motors provide immediate torque.


34 posted on 02/19/2014 5:55:36 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
Walmart is not the same company since Sam Walton died.

K-Mart mentality took over.

Radical mechanical departures seldom give the reliability and longevity of proven designs.

Sure they can reduce weight and improve fuel economy, but I am very very skeptical about this working reliably.

35 posted on 02/19/2014 5:56:37 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: C210N

nice reference!!


36 posted on 02/19/2014 6:04:43 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: bert

And ALL toll roads and bridges are set up to use the chip?


37 posted on 02/19/2014 6:08:49 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

They will be..... walmart will see it gets done


38 posted on 02/19/2014 6:09:49 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert

“They will be..... walmart will see it gets done”

Maybe. But they are not now.


39 posted on 02/19/2014 6:11:07 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: thackney

Will bureaucrats whine about putting the seat in the middle?


40 posted on 02/19/2014 6:14:02 AM PST by DManA
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To: SeeSharp
Not to mention exhaust leaks. Speaking of which, where is the exhaust stack?

The exhaust coming out of diesel engines today is cleaner than the air going in in terms of pollutants and particulate matter. In this case, I'd guess they are exhausting under the chassis and using the exhaust to aerodynamic advantage.

41 posted on 02/19/2014 6:19:32 AM PST by IamConservative (There is no place like 127.0.0.1)
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To: thackney

“The trailer is made almost exclusively with carbon fiber, saving around 4,000 pounds which can then be used to carry more freight.”

OK, carbon fiber is great. How much more does the trailer cost vs. an aluminum trailer? So how long does it take to pay off the difference in cost, ROI?

I would think Walmart, like UPS & FED EX would be one of the first to calculate the cost savings of natural gas vs. diesel considering all their trucks return to their distribution center after delivery to the stores. There is a center here in Raymond, NH. It is 25 acres under roof. I believe it is the distribution center for all of New England. The reason they built it there was it central location in NE, the NH tax advantages for its employees and the demographic make up of the workers available.


42 posted on 02/19/2014 6:21:28 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: thackney

Looks way too mean—should at least have friendlier colors.


43 posted on 02/19/2014 6:22:44 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: woodbutcher1963

In partnership with truck and component manufacturers, we have built a number of prototype tractors, including hybrid assist, wheel-end hybrid assist, full propulsion hybrid, and natural gas, with the goal of learning from testing in a real-life environment to improve the technology.

Like many emerging technologies, these trucks may never enter operation or may not remain in operation long as they go through multiple iterations before being cleared for commercialization. We are already working on next generations.

http://corporate.walmart.com/global-responsibility/environment-sustainability/truck-fleet

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Natural gas

Walmart has been testing five Westport Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) trucks in California for the past three years, and has just taken possession of a Westport/Cummins Alpha 12-liter natural gas engine. This new truck will run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and will also be tested in California. Although available fueling infrastructure is a challenge, the technology performance and potential sustainability benefits encourage further review.

http://www.walmartstores.com/sites/responsibility-report/2012/fleetImprovements.aspx


44 posted on 02/19/2014 6:32:49 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: C210N

My son was about four the first time he saw that movie. When the trucker pulled over and stuck his arm out the window to wave Dennis Weaver by, my son gasped and said, “It’s Bob Villa!”

What???? That movie has never been the same for me since. LOL


45 posted on 02/19/2014 6:33:43 AM PST by nodumbblonde ("I'm all for helping the helpless, but I don't give a rat's a** about the clueless." - Dennis Miller)
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To: thackney

The lower front section looks like it was taken from a Bugatti Veyron.


46 posted on 02/19/2014 6:42:35 AM PST by CommerceComet (Ignore the GOP-e. Cruz to victory in 2016.)
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To: thackney

It’s been done. It looks like the post WWII General Motors “motoramic” traveling display vehicles. These vehicles went town to town carrying on-board displays and dioramas of what cars would look like in the future (and promote the GM brand).

CC


47 posted on 02/19/2014 6:42:47 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: thackney

Looks like Robo Cop on wheels.


48 posted on 02/19/2014 6:50:17 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: al_c

Warning...Mirrors are smaller than they appear.


49 posted on 02/19/2014 6:51:58 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: thackney

I like it, good ideas.


50 posted on 02/19/2014 6:54:36 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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