Is The Wave Concept Truck Of Walmart The Future Of Fuel Efficient Automobile World?
The heavy duty trucks are seen on the road more often than the passenger vehicles in general. Therefore, it is important to make them more efficient than the other passenger vehicles. The improvement of efficiency can also prove to be good for emissions of the vehicle.
The above stated reason is one of the major ones why Walmart is looking to dive into the market of designing trucks. It has collaborated with WAVE which stands for Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience. WAVE is not like any other ordinary truck that runs on the highways of the US. It has an aerodynamic feature that makes it more special among the other road beasts.
The design has been made by keeping the driver seat at the center of the cab. The steering wheel is studded with a LCD screen and a sleeping compartment has been given in place of conventional gauges. This sleeping compartment is situated right behind the driver’s gauge.
WAVE is usually referred to as the electric powertrain that holds key to capstone micro-turbine and an electric motor. Carbon fiber has been used to design the truck including its trailer. This not only provides swiftness to the truck but also reduced its weight to a considerable extent. When the spokesperson of Walmart was confronted regarding the same, he expressed that it is one of the first king of carbon fiber trailer that has ever been produced. It consists of 53 foot side panels that have been made from pure carbon fiber.
The trailer has also been designed in order to escalate the aerodynamic performance. It consists of a convex nose that helps to minimize the aerodynamic drag. This trailer is also equipped with an added space for cargo to be stored.
As reported by Walmart, the trailer made of carbon fiber is about 4000 pounds lighter than the ones used before. Hence, it allows the truck to carry more stuff and freight and also increasing its efficiency on longer routes. However, Walmart has not indicated on any plans to make these trucks but it is likely to enter into the truck business. The air also suggests us that Walmart is about to enter the industry. The other companies have also encouraged making big trucks more efficient. For example, the AirFlow BulletTruck has recently achieved 13.4 mpg in the cross country trip conducted earlier. On the other hand, Peterbilt and Cummins’ “Supertruck” gained 10.7 mpg earlier in the year.
Although these numbers may not be as encouraging but there is an important improvement considering the automobiles that are able to touch only 5 or 6 mpg. The trucks announced by Walmart may play an important role in the truck business in the near future. Barack Obama has recently advised the EPA agency to make new fuel economy rules for heavy trucks.
The standards set by the EPA agency will come into effect by 2019 and go through to 2025.