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New WalMart ‘WAVE’ Truck Is Straight From The Future [Video]

Mega retailer WalMart unveiled the prototype for a new eco-friendly delivery truck called the WAVE, short for WalMart Advanced Vehicle Experience, at the Mid America Trucking Show last week. The truck, which is not guaranteed to ever make it to the road, still served as a talking point for WalMart’s latest efforts to show they’re trying to be more mindful of the sustainability of our ecosystem.

In the video, WalMart’s Director of Logistics Elizabeth Fretheim walks us through the features of the truck, including how the engine includes a micro-turbine, battery system, and electric motor. The cabin of the truck features a sliding door and the driver of the truck would sit in the center of the cab instead of on the left. The electronic dashboard has two monitors, one on each side, that provide camera views of the outside of the truck as well as performance data.

The vehicle also features a full sized sleeper, which would no doubt come in handy for truckers who are required to be on the road for extended periods of time. The way the truck is constructed provides it with 20% improved aerodynamics, which makes it a more fuel efficient truck. The WAVE’s trailer is also made out of carbon fiber, which is ten times stronger than steel, but is approximately 4,000 pounds lighter on the WAVE truck, meaning less fuel burned while on the road.

The Capstone turbine allows the truck to use natural gas or other renewable fuels, which is an eventual goal of WalMart. Since the Capstone is cooled by air, there is no need for the traditional radiator.

Nearly 10 years ago, WalMart had pledged to double the fuel efficiency of its fleet, which according to Mashable is currently comprised of 6,500 tractors and 55,000 trailers. “[WAVE] may never make it to the road, but it will allow us to test new technologies and new approaches,” wrote Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillion. “I share it because it gives you a sense of how sustainability is helping us see things in new ways.”

The truck, which is being jokingly referred to as WalMart’s Optimus Prime, would certainly help the company reach its goal by 2015, if implemented into the fleet. The truck has only recently begun testing.

What do you think about the WAVE truck? If you saw one on the road would you think you were suddenly in some futuristic world? The design certainly stands out as something you’d see in a movie.

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2 Responses to “New WalMart ‘WAVE’ Truck Is Straight From The Future [Video]”

  1. Ernie Mink

    WOW, this is the sickest and greediest company ever, because first of all most of their groceries are GMO's in the first place, more than 54 percent of the crap Whole Foods banned from their stores to sell! Second, because of the Clinton era and his greedy selfishness, he caused acts like NAFTA treaty and moving jobs overseas, which ruined our economy going forward! NAFTA also prevents a business from having to tell the truth about everything, such as whether or not the features in the televisions are really true or not true. Like saying the high definition television has 120 Hz or 240 Hz motion blur correction, when it is really fake and does not really have that feature! There are ways to find out if the company is lying, but why should people have to do that?

    This is why America has gone from bad to worse, and it is not getting any better. For example, companies, and many consumers won't upgrade from long dead, exploited, less secure and outdated Microsoft Windows XP to the most current version of Microsoft Windows because they are lazy, cheap and ignorant. And many companies have been hacked because of it, and they are victims of digital espionage (including customers accounts accessed through those computers). Then you have people who flat out refuse to learn anything about the computer, thus wasting all of our time on the phone, frustrating others more and showing how selfish and lazy they are because of it.

    So Wal-Mart decides to come out with this very expensive laid out beast of a truck when it doesn't even pay their employees a good wage, (nor does most cheap tightwad companies), and they ship jobs overseas and treat their employees horrible!!!!!! This is why they have continuous lawsuits going on all the time, and you can see why! Wow, this is the most selfish, greediest and most ignorant nation that just drives people into the ground and refuses to grow up! They deserve what they get and what will come to them. Good luck. I don't have the time or the patience for any of it anymore. I pity all of you like Wal Mart corporation!