31 May '13, 2pm

Walmart Introduces Supercube Tractor Trailers to increase fuel economy, get trucks off the road

Walmart Introduces Supercube Tractor Trailers to increase fuel economy, get trucks off the road

Poor Andy Ellis. The Vice President of supply chain and logistics for Walmart Canada took the early morning redeye to Calgary for the Pathways 2 Sustainability conference to speak about "Corporate Contributions to Sustainability", only to be questioned about GMOs, wages and toxic waste . That's a shame, because he had a real story to tell about trucks. Take Walmart's new Supercube transport trailer and tractor combo. It holds 30% more cargo than a conventional rig in the same length, and thanks to the streamlining, probably uses the same amount of fuel. This reduces the number of trucks on the road and the fossil fuels used per pound of freight transported. It does it by dropping the floor of the trailer between the wheels (complicating loading; a scissors lift has to be built in) and by squishing the cab to a popular European design, the Cab Over Engine (COE). This leaves...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/walmar...

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