Skip to comments.See the Futuristic Concept Truck Walmart Wants to Use to Maximize Efficiency on the Road
Posted on 02/19/2014 4:53:43 AM PST by thackney
Youve 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 companys 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.
OK, where’s the space for the truck stop hookers?
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?
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.
Great...but will WalMart hire Americans to drive them?
“Great...but will WalMart hire Americans to drive them?”
or build them?
Wiper Blades Might Soon Be a Thing of the Past
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.
Not to mention exhaust leaks. Speaking of which, where is the exhaust stack?
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.
“That could complicate several things like tolls”
Driver in the center will need loooong arms to pay tolls.
That cab looks like a real treat for summer afternoon driving.
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
Kind of like this:
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.
And those mirrors are way too small.
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
Eye-yi-yi. Kinda like being strapped to the front bumper of your KW.
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.
Watch the video. (The chimpanzee was in the truck stop getting a roller hotdog during the filming)
I expect the cameras have video on the control panels making the driver aware 360
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.
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.
I use a different method.
And those mirrors are way too small.
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.
Very cool. Looks like something designed by Syd Mead.
looks like a gremlin...the big eared evil toy
How much will they have to raise prices to pay for these hi-tech toys?
I know they tried gas-turbine trucks back in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
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.
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.
And ALL toll roads and bridges are set up to use the chip?
They will be..... walmart will see it gets done
“They will be..... walmart will see it gets done”
Maybe. But they are not now.
Will bureaucrats whine about putting the seat in the middle?
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.
“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.
Looks way too mean—should at least have friendlier colors.
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.
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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.
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
The lower front section looks like it was taken from a Bugatti Veyron.
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).
Looks like Robo Cop on wheels.
Warning...Mirrors are smaller than they appear.
I like it, good ideas.