Truck Fleet

The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience concept truck

The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience concept truck is the latest in our fleet efficiency program. The one-of-a-kind prototype offers a whole package of firsts. The trailer is made almost exclusively with carbon fiber, saving around 4,000 pounds, which can then be used to carry more freight.

On the road to doubling fleet efficiency

Our U.S. trucks log millions of miles every year, delivering products to thousands of 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).  

Since 2007, we’ve delivered 658 million more cases while driving 298 million fewer miles.
 

Leading the industry in the development of fleet technology

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. 

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The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience is the result of a partnership between many vendor partners. This prototype combines aerodynamics, mictroturbine-hybrid powertrain, electrification, advanced control systems, and cutting edge materials like carbon fiber all in one vehicle.  We’re over 84% of the way to our goal, and incremental changes and bold innovations like this will take us the rest of the way.

Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience Key Components

Tractor Trailer
Advanced aerodynamics (20% aero improvement from current Model 386) Trailer body built almost exclusively with carbon fiber; single-piece 53’ panels in roof and sidewalls
Microturbine-powered series hybrid electric drivetrain is clean, efficient and fuel flexible Use of advanced adhesives eliminates need for most rivets
Centered driver’s seat that can rotate 180o Convex nose shape enhances aerodynamics while maintaining cargo capacity
Electronic dashboard with customizable gauges and performance data Solid, 53’ one-piece floor reduces weight without sacrificing strength or performance
Sliding driver’s door and fold out step for safety and security Next-generation low-profile LED lighting is more energy efficient and less prone to damage
Full size cab/sleeper Flex Studio with fold out bed