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You've Never Seen a Truck Like Walmart's New Prototype

No, it's not a transformer in the traditional sense, but the W.A.V.E, or Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience, is certainly capable of transforming Walmart's  (NYSE: WMT  ) fleet fuel efficiency. Using advanced materials and design, the truck is supposedly 20 percent more aerodynamic than its current choices.

Using a hybrid engine designed by both Capstone Turbine (NASDAQ: CPST  ) and Peterbilt, and Great Dane Trailers, it can run on diesel, natural gas and biodiesel. 4,000 pounds were also shed by designing the 53-foot trailer out of carbon fiber. While all components are unlikely to be factored into the actual build-out of the future fleet, just the idea that trucks of the future could resemble the W.A.V.E in both appearance and engineering is pretty inspiring. 

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This segment is from Tuesday's edition of "Digging for Value," in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy and materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy & materials sectors @TMFEnergy.


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    and its time you and seeking alpa and the street.com gave capstone its due

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    record rev$ and record margins and positive cash flow

    its product is in demand in an ever growing GREEN world

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    capstone should be rated a strong BUY

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Taylor is an Associate GM in our Fool International operations. Prior to that he covered all things Energy + Materials as an analyst. Over the years, he has built an investing skill set to rely on when evaluating companies inside and out. While at the Fool, he has made appearances on CNBC and Fox Business. In addition, he completed his MBA at the University of Maryland and will sit for the Level II CFA Exam.

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