In May 2018 Anheuser-Busch placed an order with Nikola Motor Company for up to 800 hydrogen-electric-powered semi-trucks for the United States.
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 — are expected to be integrated into Anheuser-Busch’s dedicated fleet beginning in 2020.
Through this agreement, Anheuser-Busch aims to convert its entire long-haul dedicated fleet to renewable powered trucks by 2025. Nikola’s cutting-edge technology will enable AB to achieve this milestone across its long-haul loads, while also helping to improve road safety through the trucks’ advanced surround viewing system.
Once fully implemented, the carbon reductions gained from these 800 trucks will reduce U.S. carbon emissions from logistics by more than 18% — equivalent to taking more than 13,000 passenger vehicles off the road annually.
Emission reduction has been, and continues to be, a long-term focus for Anheuser-Busch. In 2006, the brewer joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport program; and since 2008, has reduced its total energy use in U.S. breweries by more than 30%.