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Wal-Mart To Test New Hybrid and Alternatively Fueled Commercial Trucks

February 4, 2009

Benson Kong
Feb 4, 2009
Looking to increase fleet efficiency and develop a more sustainable trucking fleet, Wal-Mart will test four new types of heavy-duty commercial trucks. Two types utilize a diesel-electric hybrid power system, while the other two trucks each utilize a specific type of alternative fuel.
The first type of hybrid truck tested will be a full-propulsion Arvin Meritor Class 8 tractor. The tractor will use a dual-mode diesel-electric hybrid powertrain and is believed to be the first of its kind. A partnership between Arvin Meritor and Wal-Mart to develop the hybrid powertrain was initially announced in early 2007. This tractor will be used in the Detroit area.
Photo 2/2   |   Image courtesy of Wal-Mart.
The second type of hybrid truck will be a Peterbilt Model 386 heavy-duty truck with a diesel-electric hybrid power system developed by Eaton Corporation and PACCAR. There are five of these models, and they will be based in Dallas, Houston, Apple Valley in California, Atlanta, and the Washington D.C./Baltimore regions.
The first type of alternatively fueled truck will run on grease. 15 trucks centered in the Buckeye, Arizona distribution center near Phoenix will be converted by the Environmental Development Group to run on Reclaimed Grease Fuel, which is made with waste brown cooking grease. The remaining trucks in the Buckeye fleet will operate on an 80/20 blend of biodiesel made of reclaimed yellow waste grease.
The second type of alternatively fueled truck will use liquid natural gas. Four Peterbilt Model 386 trucks and one yard truck will operate on liquid natural gas, and are based out of the distribution center in Southern California. The trucks are part of a partnership with the Mojave Air Quality Management District, and the yard truck is operated on distribution center property only.
Wal-Mart has been very involved with increasing fleet efficiency in recent years. The company recently achieved more than a 25% increase in efficiency within its private fleet from 2005 to 2008, and looks to double its fleet efficiency from its 2005 baseline by 2015.

Source: PR Newswire

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