Walmart is moving towards the future of delivery vehicles. So much so that it’s taking a page out of the Transformers handbook.
The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE) is designed to be more aerodynamic than other vehicles of its kind, while also being more fuel efficient.
Testing has just begun on the WAVE truck, which is powered by a unique micro-turbine hybrid powertrain that’s capable of running on diesel, biodiesel, natural gas, and even fuels we haven’t come up with yet. And like the Tesla, it can even run like an electric car, relying on just a set of on-board batteries. But its electric-only range is obviously very limited.
The futuristic-looking cab is at least 20 percent more aerodynamic than the current vehicles in Walmart’s fleet, and features a center-mounted driver’s seat wrapped in large windows as well as LCD displays providing views around the truck.
But even the WAVE’s trailer has been completely redesigned. Made almost exclusively from carbon fiber, including massive 53-foot panels, it’s close to 4,000 pounds lighter than a conventional trailer, but actually has more capacity given its own aerodynamic curves. Which means it can be used to haul more cargo in a single trip.