AnheuserBusch Orders 800 Hydrogenelectric Semis

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer center_img With 30,000 employees and 12 breweries, Anheuser-Busch is about as big as it gets in the North American brewing scene… So it’s great to hear that they made a big investment in green transport.Huge might be a better adjective, really. The company has just announced an order for 800 of Nikola Motors’ zero-emissions hydrogen-electric semis. At a price of $375,000 each, we’re talking about $300 million worth of trucks. Nikola had already been seeing a brisk flow of pre-orders. The total tally is now upwards of $9 billion.This is Anheuser-Busch’s second EV announcement in the past six months. Back in December, they trumpeted ordering 40 Tesla Semis.There likely won’t be too much overlap in the company’s fleet, however. These are very different trucks and they’ll service different routes. Anheuser-Busch has plenty of those, given that they’re trucking beer to some 500 wholesalers and distributors.The Tesla Semis will handle shorter hauls. Elon Musk initially said that the battery-electric Semi would have a range of about 500 miles, later upping the figure to 600.That’s more in line with the low-end of the range for one of Nikola Motors’ hydrogen-electric trucks. Their maximum is up around 1200 miles, which is more than enough to roll from St. Louis to Detroit and back without refueling.Nikola’s trucks have a slight edge there, too. Refilling from empty takes about 20 minutes. A 30-minute boost from one of Tesla’s insane 1.2-megawatt Megachargers will restore about 80% charge to its Semi.It shouldn’t be difficult for Anheuser-Busch’s long-haul truckers to find a place to refuel, either. Nikola Motors plans to have a network of 700 hydrogen stations online in the U.S. and Canada.The move to hydrogen-electric trucks will make a major difference in Anheuser-Busch’s carbon footprint. The company estimates that once all 800 are on the road shipping emissions will have been cut by 18%. It’s equivalent, they say, to taking around 13,000 cars off the road annually.last_img read more

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