Walmart Takes a Green Road Trip: Introducing First 15-liter CNG-Powered Truck

A white CNG-powered Walmart truck sits against a cloudy gray sky.

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by | May 8, 2023

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Walmart is accelerating its efforts toward a zero-emissions transportation fleet with the introduction of the first 15-liter CNG-powered truck. This groundbreaking new 15-liter vehicle is the first of its kind to be powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) in North America, and this milestone is made possible through a collaboration between Walmart, engine manufacturer Cummins, and energy company Chevron. 

The CNG-powered truck embarked on its inaugural journey from Indiana to California to attend the ACT Expo, making refueling stops at Chevron stations along the way. The transition to a more sustainable transportation fleet aligns with Walmart’s commitment to revolutionizing the industry and making a lasting positive impact on the world. 

Fernando Cortes, senior vice president of transportation at Walmart, emphasized the company’s dedication to exploring solutions that lead towards a lower carbon future. Walmart has set an ambitious goal to achieve zero emissions across its global operations by 2040, and the introduction of this CNG-powered truck, timed perfectly for Earth Week, marks a significant step forward.

Renewable Gas as an Alternative Fuel

Renewable natural gas is emerging as a promising alternative to traditional diesel fuel, offering a potential solution for reducing trucking fleet emissions. This eco-friendly fuel is derived from the capture, treatment, and processing of biomethane. The fuel is sourced from decomposing organic matter like cow manure or landfill waste. 

By converting this biomethane into natural gas, Walmart, Cummins, and Chevron aim to curb the release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to climate change. In fact, methane is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide in terms of its heat-trapping abilities within the atmosphere.

Last year, Walmart made headlines by introducing several groundbreaking initiatives for its Class 8 transportation fleet. The inclusion of the CNG-powered truck, powered by Cummins’ X15N engine, is a testament to the retailer’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. 

Walmart’s CNG-Powered Truck Debut

Following its cross-country journey, the CNG-powered Walmart truck was showcased at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Anaheim, California. Attendees had the opportunity to witness this innovative vehicle firsthand and participate in a ride-and-drive event. 

The truck’s presence at the event symbolizes the importance of collaboration and knowledge sharing in accelerating the adoption of sustainable transportation solutions. Walmart’s foray into compressed natural gas-powered trucks not only underscores the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship but also sets an example for other businesses in the transportation industry. 

By embracing renewable natural gas and supporting advancements in alternative technologies, Walmart, Cummins, and Chevron are taking a significant stride toward achieving a greener and more sustainable future. Their collective efforts inspire others to prioritize innovation and collaboration in pursuit of zero-emissions transportation.

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