The Anheuser-Busch brewing corporation announced an order placement for up to 800 hydrogen fuel cell semi-trucks from Nikola Motor Company.
The company intends to convert its entire dedicated fleet to renewable power by 2025. The first Nikola trucks will be delivered in 2020 with capability of driving between 500 and 1,200 miles and refilling within 20 minutes.
Anheuser-Busch earlier reserved 40 all-electric Tesla Semis, but with this latest announcement of 800 for Nikola, the shift has focused on FCVs. Guess that the Tesla Semi visit to the hometown of Budweiser in March didn't help out much.
For us it seems that Anheuser-Busch doesn't believe in long-haul trucking using only batteries at this stage.
"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 the brewer to achieve this milestone across its long-haul loads, while also helping to improve road safety through the trucks’ advanced surround viewing system."
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The trucks are expected to cost, on average, around $400,000, according to Reuters.
Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch said:
“At Anheuser-Busch we’re continuously searching for ways to improve sustainability across our entire value chain and drive our industry forward. 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.”
Trevor Milton, CEO of Nikola Motor Company said:
“Hydrogen-electric technology is the future of logistics and we’re proud to be leading the way. Anheuser-Busch has a long history of investing in progressive, sustainable technology and we are excited to partner with them to bring the largest hydrogen network in the world to the USA. By 2028, we anticipate having over 700 hydrogen stations across the USA and Canada. With nearly 9 billion dollars in pre-order reservations, we are building to order, not speculation, and are very excited for what’s to come.”