Walmart Introduces WAVE Concept Big Rig (w/video)
Walmart recently presented some kind of futuristic range-extended series hybrid tractor-trailer called the WAVE.
It features a Capstone turbine, some undisclosed battery pack and an electric motor.
According to Walmart, the concept truck is 20 percent more aerodynamic than current trucks in its fleet of 7,000 units.
“The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience, or WAVE, concept truck is the latest in our fleet efficiency program. The 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.”
There are few details on WAVE, but it seems there should be some limited amount of range in EV mode.
What’s also interesting is that Transport Topics cites a statement from Chris Sultemeier, executive vice president and head of corporate transportation services for WalMart saying that the company will buy 2,000 hydrogen-fueled forklift trucks.
“Chris Sultemeier, executive 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.”