Wal-Mart to double fuel economy in next decade

| Tuesday, December 13, 2005

If Wal-Mart lives up to its promise, the retail giant’s entire trucking fleet will double its miles per gallon within the next 10 years.

Beginning with the its 2007 model-year trucks, the company will begin introducing a truck with improved aerodynamics, transmission, tires, as well as an auxiliary power unit in every truck in its fleet. By 2015, Wal-Mart expects its entire fleet to reach 13 mpg – approximately double its current fuel economy, according to The Associated Press.

According to a company press release, one of the most visible changes to the trucks will be wind skirts, which flank each side of trailers between the axles to reduce wind resistance and reduce airflow around the trailer. Wal-Mart will also replace the dual tires on its trucks’ rear axles with extra-wide single tires.

Additionally, the tractors will be more much more aerodynamic than those in the current fleet, according to the company

H. Lee Scott, a spokesman for Wal-Mart, told The AP that the mileage increase would save the company $52 million per year.

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