I am no fan of Walmart but I do like technological advancements especially when it has to do with stagnating (IMO) market sectors.
18 wheel trucks began usage in the USA in the 1930′s but gained serious use from post war to the 1970′s. For the most part, these trucks have
essentially stayed the same over this period and even into the present time.
Walmart is looking to redefine the trucking industry by introducing it’s “WAVE” technology truck system. Some photos and video below:
In 2005, Wal-Mart set a goal of doubling the efficiency of its truck fleet by 2015. Sultemeier said the company reached 80% of its goal by
purchasing more fuel-efficient trucks and finding ways to ship more goods in less space and using fewer trucks.
The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience, or WAVE, concept truck is … (a) 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.