Wal-Mart's new rig is big on carbon fiber

By Kerri Jansen
Staff Reporter

Published: March 6, 2014 3:22 pm ET
Updated: March 6, 2014 3:27 pm ET

Image By: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The concept Wal-Mart Advanced Vehicle Experience has 53-foot carbon fiber panels on the trailer.

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability, Automotive/transportation
Companies & Associations Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Wal-Mart sees your carbon fiber sports cars and raises you 14 wheels.

The retail giant has unveiled a tractor-trailer concept called the Wal-Mart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE), with a trailer made from carbon fiber. The 18-wheeler showcases lightweighting and other modifications geared toward delivering more cargo with less fuel and fewer miles driven.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark., operates one of the nation’s biggest private truck fleets, covering 700 million miles each year, according to its website. The WAVE underscores Wal-Mart’s goal to double its fleet’s efficiency by 2015; though the WAVE is still a concept and may never see commercial use, “it will allow us to test new technologies and new approaches,” president and CEO Doug McMillon wrote in the company’s blog.

The 53-foot carbon fiber panels on the WAVE’s trailer represent the first time one-piece carbon fiber panels of that size have been manufactured, Wal-Mart said. Swapping traditional materials for carbon fiber adds up to a weight savings of about 4,000 pounds. And the front of the trailer is convex to improve aerodynamics and boost cargo space.

The WAVE’s sleek bottlenose trailer features a center-mounted driver’s seat and a sliding door, along with a full-size sleeper that has yet to appear in those premium roadsters.


Comments

Wal-Mart's new rig is big on carbon fiber

By Kerri Jansen
Staff Reporter

Published: March 6, 2014 3:22 pm ET
Updated: March 6, 2014 3:27 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

DC banning PS foam containers

July 30, 2014 2:34 pm ET

Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gra signed into law on July 29 a bill that will ban polystyrene foam food and drink containers from the District.    More

Image

Pressure is on to replace aging gas pipes

July 30, 2014 2:47 pm ET

Polyethylene is the plastic replacement material of choice for modernizing the natural gas distribution system — so much so some are concerned...    More

Image

Sainsbury, Schoeller Allibert to recycle food handling crates

July 30, 2014 1:37 pm ET

British retail group Sainsbury's has contracted Dutch recycler Schoeller Allibert BV to reprocess all of its old food crates back into food-grade...    More

Image

Vinyl siding's lead slips, but industry pushing back

July 29, 2014 2:04 pm ET

Vinyl siding continues to be the top cladding choice for home builders and remodelers but fiber cement is gaining ground — at an alarming rate...    More

Image

Material Insights: Bioplastics firms win government funding

July 28, 2014 12:51 pm ET

Also this week, a study takes a look plastic at the ocean surface and comes away with a surprise finding, and new materials capacity announced.    More

Market Reports

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events