Wal-Mart shows off Futuristic Carbon Fiber Truck Concept [VIDEO]

Wal-Mart ships and moves lot of stuff being the world's biggest retailer.  The corporate Goliath still always looks for ways to cut costs and it seems it's trucking fleet is no exception.  The company recently showed off a Futuristic Carbon Fiber Truck Concept on it's corporate Youtube channel.

The concept truck's design is meant to be more aerodynamic and efficient compared to today's current big rigs.  The cabin is shaped to cut through the wind more with sliding doors and a sloped and circular shape and design.  In addition there is a unique cockpit where the driver sits in the middle for a better range of visibility along with screens instead of a dashboard to customize the driver's preferred displayed information.  There is full sized comfortable sleeper and quarters for the drivers too.

What's most most interesting about Wal-Mart's concept truck is the trailer.  Wal-Mart claims it is the first time a truck trailer was made completely of carbon fiber, a material you usually only see used on supercars and race-cars due to it's high cost to manufacture.   In addition they built two 53 foot sheets of carbon fiber for each side of the trailer.  Wal-Mart claims this is the first time carbon fiber panels this large have been built and this likely accurate, as I assume the cost to build the panels was more than building a supercar or race-car.  In addition the front of the trailer is convex helping increase the aerodynamics.  Unsure of why they don't build convex trailers now as that would make a lot of sense.

Introducing the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience concept truck

While Wal-Mart might be the disdain of many people hopefully they are serious about innovating tractor-trailer trucks to improve efficiency.

Floormats for my Honda

About 2 weeks ago I bought a set of floormats at Costco for my Accord.  I had been looking and searching for a good set of floormats but had not been able to find anything.  Every set I looked was thin rubber, or a good set with durable thick rubber was $40 or more.  Even the sets I would bought for $40 had odd designs.  It seemed for keeping dirt on the mat they would have been inadequate.  Also lots of floormats have carpeting.  Why do you need carpeting on a floormat?  Doesn't make sense to me.  I checked Sears, Target, Wal-Mart, auto parts stores…everywhere!  All had floormats that would have worked, but not thick ones like I wanted for a reasonable price.

Costco's set of floormats are great!  Thick, durable, and the brown-tan color blends in well with my Honda's interior.  I expect to get a great use out of these mats especially with the bad and wet weather in Baltimore recently.

It was $15 for the set of 4 FloorMats, 2 for the front and 2 for the back.  If you want or need a set of floormats, I would recommend these from Costco.  They have been great for keeping my Honda's carpeting from grime and dirt.  They will prove to be a good invest for a long time.

Going into the cold winter months, floormats are something that would be a wise item to get for your car.  Since a lot of people want to get more mileage out of their cars in this economy.  Obviously floormats won't help your car run better, but will keep it looking fresh and cleaner for longer.

Notice I like to leave as much rubber material on the mats as possible, even for my small 96 Honda Accord.  That way they catch as much dirt and grime as possible, the whole point of the floormats.

Cockeysville Car Show – June 25th

The 1st Annual Cockeysville Car Show is this Saturday, June 25th.  It should be a great day for all attendees as this Saturday is supposed to be sunny.   Perfect for a car show!

Lots of different cars are welcome to the event.  You can enter your car to be judged in several categories including, 1950s & Older, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990-Present.  There will be door prizes awarded every 1/2hr, which might be a $50 Wal-Mart gift card or a $25 AutoSpa gift card, car detail kit, or automotive services from Brooks Huff Tire..  On top of that there will be a DJ playing music, food and refreshments, and even a snowball stand.

The show is raising money for the Children's Miracle Network.  Stacey Lee one of the shows coordinators, “The event has over 12 sponsors.  All the proceeds from the $1 entrance donation and concessions go towards Wal-Mart’s charity drive for the Children’s Miracle Network.  Proceeds from the registration for judging & trophies will be split between Wal-Mart’s charity and Wood Forest National Bank’s charity.”  Be sure to come out for a great car show and feel good about doing something good!

What: 1st Annual Cockeysville Car Show

Where: Cockeysville Wal-Mart, 1 Frankel Way, Cockeysville MD

When: Saturday June 25th, (10am – 4pm)

Admission: Free to the Public, $10 judging fee

Awards: Judging begins at 1:00pm, award ceremony begins at 2:30pm, Winners must be present for awards.

 

Contact: Stacey Lee at smlee@ubalt.edu, Brent Miracle at miracle2believe_n@yahoo.com

http://www.mandraracing.com/walmartcarshow/