BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores here will test two new types of heavy-duty commercial hybrid trucks and two different alternatively fueled heavy-duty trucks as part of the company’s efforts to develop a more sustainable trucking fleet.
The new trucks include 15 trucks operating in the Buckeye, Ariz., distribution center that will be converted to run on reclaimed grease fuel, made with the waste brown cooking grease from Wal-Mart stores; the remaining trucks located at that DC will operate on an 80/20 blend of biodiesel made of reclaimed yellow waste grease. Other trucks include a full-propulsion Arvin Meritor hybrid; five Peterbilt Model 386 heavy-duty hybrid trucks with diesel-electric hybrid power systems; and four Peterbilt Model 386 trucks and one yard truck that will operate on liquid natural gas.
“In order to meet our goal of doubling our fleet efficiency, we are taking an active role in the development of these technologies,” said Chris Sultemeier, senior vice president of transportation for Wal-Mart, in a statement.
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