On the road to doubling fleet efficiency
Our approximately 6,000 trucks in the U.S. 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 the end of 2015 (compared to 2005).
Since 2007, we’ve delivered 830 million more cases while driving 300 million fewer miles. That is an improvement of 84.2% over our 2005 baseline.
associates and vendors work in multiple ways to drive efficiency, including:
- Effective driving techniques, such as minimizing idle time and progressive shifting, to ensure optimal performance
- Advanced tractor-trailer technologies, such as electrification, lightweighting, improved aerodynamics and fuel-efficient tires
processes and systems to drive efficient loading and routing of merchandise
Leading the industry
The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience concept truck – the result of a partnership between many vendors – is the latest in our fleet efficiency program. This prototype combines aerodynamics, mictroturbine-hybrid powertrain, electrification, advanced control systems, and cutting edge materials like carbon fiber all in one vehicle. We’re more than 84% of the way to our goal, and bold innovations like this will take us the rest of the way.
Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience Key Components
|Advanced aerodynamics (20% aero improvement from current Model 386)||Trailer body built almost exclusively with carbon fiber; single-piece 53-foot 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 180 degrees||Convex nose shape enhances aerodynamics while maintaining cargo capacity|
|Electronic dashboard with customizable gauges and performance data||Solid, 53-foot 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|