BENTON, Arkansas: Walmart has announced that it is expanding its experimental transportation programs with manufacturers of electric, hydrogen and natural gas-powered vehicles, including Cummins and Daimler Truck’s Freightliner.
The partnerships are part of Walmart’s 2040 goal to achieve zero emissions across its global operations, including its fleet of 10,000 tractors and 80,000 trailers.
Walmart’s U.S. senior vice president, Fernando Cortes, cautioned that the company was in the early phase of the program, stating, “We are still in the testing stage and trying these technologies.”
“We know that for us to decarbonize our fleet, there is no one solution that can get us really to scale and that’s ready to give us that future that we want,” he said, as reported by Reuters.
The company will receive an unspecified number of Cummins’ new 15-liter natural gas engines early next year, which the retailer plans to build into its trucks, it said, adding that it signed an agreement with Chevron to supply compressed natural gas.
This summer, Walmart also plans to run a battery-powered test program using Freightliner’s eCascadia and Nikola Corp’s Tre BEV heavy-duty trucks at one of its California distribution centers, as well as test hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered yard trucks by Texas-based Capacity.
In January, Walmart announced it had reserved 5,000 electric delivery vans from General Motors’ commercial EV business BrightDrop.
“We do have the option to purchase Tesla’s electric Semi trucks, but we have not shared any public commitments,” Cortes said.
Officials note that Walmart U.S. is in the process of learning which solutions worked best in its fleet.