Energy Efficiency, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables - May 4, 2018
Anheuser-Busch orders hydrogen-electric powered semi-trucks
Anheuser-Busch announced on May 3 that it has placed an order for up to 800 hydrogen-electric powered semi-trucks from Nikola Motor Company. The zero-emission trucks, which will be able to travel between 500 and 1,200 miles and be refilled within 20 minutes, reducing idle time, will be integrated into Anheuser-Busch’s dedicated fleet beginning in 2020.
Anheuser-Busch said in a statement that this order is part of an overall plan to convert its entire long-haul dedicated fleet to renewable powered trucks by 2025. "At Anheuser-Busch we’re continuously searching for ways to improve sustainability across our entire value chain and drive our industry forward," said Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. "The transport industry is one that is ripe for innovative solutions and Nikola is leading the way with hydrogen-electric, zero-emission capabilities. We are very excited by the possibilities our partnership with them can offer."
Anheuser-Busch recently announced 2025 Sustainability Goals, which include reducing CO2 emissions by 25% across its value chain. Once fully implemented, the carbon reductions gained from these 800 trucks will reduce the brewer’s carbon emissions from logistics by more than 18%. Emission reduction is a long-term focus for Anheuser-Busch; since 2008, the company has reduced its total energy use in U.S. breweries by more than 30%.
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