Wal-Mart Tests New Trucks, Surpasses Fuel Efficiency Goals
Wal-Mart announced this week that they would be testing four new kinds of fuel-efficient commercial trucks.
The retail superstore already surpassed efficiency goals within its private fleet. Theyâ€™ve seen a more than 25 percent drop in fuel use from 2005 to 2008. Their new goal is to double fleet fuel efficiency by 2015, and the new trucks theyâ€™re testing could help.
The test trucks include:
- Fifteen Reclaimed Grease Fuel trucks that will run on cooking grease from Wal-Mart stores and operate in the Buckeye, Arizona area
- Five Peterbilt Model 386 heavy-duty hybrids operating Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Washington/Baltimore, and Apple Valley, California
- Four Peterbilt Model 386 trucks that will run on liquid natural gas and operate on distribution center property in California
- One full-propulsion Arivin Meritor hybrid operating in Detroit
The Detroit hybrid will be the first vehicle of its kind, and Wal-Mart will also have a yard truck running on liquid natural gas. All of these trucks will be tested throughout 2009, and if initial test runs are successful, Wal-Mart could work further with suppliers to develop and produce more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Wal-Mart also recently announced plans to go green in their Americas stores and other international locations. They have already made a number of environmental upgrades to their facilities, including a solar power system at one Mexican branch.
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