Well now it looks like Wal-Mart actually is talking to some manufacturers about building plug-in hybrids and battery EVs for them to peddle. Wal-Mart has been making moves to green up their image in the last couple of years including running biodiesel in their trucks and installing solar panels. Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott has evidently held talks with some large but as yet un-named manufacturers. Although China is mentioned specifically, given Wal-Mart's lowball pricing and sourcing policies that would seem to be the only logical choice. There's no guarantee anything will happen, but it's a safe bet that existing car dealers won't be sitting still for this one. They don't like changes to the status quo and this would be a major change. Perhaps they could team up with Malcolm Bricklin's Visionary Vehicles. Is this the kind of push that EVs need to go mainstream?
- Wal-Mart gets ready to reduce emissions, waste and operating costs
- Wal-Mart's Thermal King diesel-hybrid trucks are biodiesel-ready
- While we're talking - Wal-mart Is working
- Wal-Mart will cut truck fuel use by 25% by 2010