BENTONVILLE, Ark. — As part of its effort to transition to a zero-emissions transportation fleet, Walmart is adding a truck with an engine developed by Cummins that is powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). The new truck will make its inaugural trip from Indiana to California, making pit stops along the way to refuel at Chevron stations.
“Walmart transportation is focused on the continuous piloting of solutions that aren’t just changing the industry, but are having a lasting impact on the world,” said Fernando Cortes, senior vice president of transportation at Walmart. “We are proud to team with Cummins and Chevron to develop industry-leading advancements that pave toward a lower carbon future.”
Cummins, Chevron and Walmart described renewable natural gas as an alternative to traditional diesel fuel that can help lower trucking fleet emissions. Renewable natural gas is produced when biomethane from decomposing organic matter – such as cow manure or landfill waste – is captured, treated and processed into natural gas, the companies say, adding that methane that is not captured and processed is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat within the atmosphere and driving climate change.
Last year, Walmart announced several first-of-their-kind initiatives among its Class 8 transportation fleet as the retailer pursues its goal to achieve zero emissions across global operations by 2040. The introduction of this CNG-powered truck, just in time for Earth Week, is an important milestone in the retailer’s journey, Walmart said, adding that the truck announced on Tuesday will be the first of five such vehicles added to the company’s private fleet.
“Working with partners like Walmart to test new products like the X15N gives Cummins valuable real-world data that helps us validate our engines prior to moving into full production,” said Puneet Jhawar, general manager – Spark Ignited Products for Cummins. “Chevron has also been very helpful in our test; to help increase CNG fuel availability that will enable adoption of alternate technologies faster.”
At the end of the road, it will be featured at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Anaheim, California, on May 1-4. At ACT, the vehicle will be on display and available for attendees to jump in and take a ride.
“Chevron is constantly pursuing solutions that drive progress toward a lower carbon future,” said Andy Walz, Chevron’s president of Americas Products. “Partnering with Walmart and Cummins on the road trip and demonstration can help us deliver that progress today for the transportation, the industry, and customers who rely on all of our products to advance a lower carbon economy.”
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