Anheuser-Busch Commits To A Zero Emission Truck Fleet By 2025

We can get snarky about the big beer conglomerates here at American Craft Beer. So it’s only fair that we applaud companies like Anheuser-Busch when they adopt sustainability strategies that could make for a better world!

Here’s the deal…

Anheuser-Busch has announced that they’ve placed an order with Nikola Motor Company, a leader in hydrogen-electric renewable technology, for up to 800 hydrogen-electric powered semi-trucks. As part of the company’s plans to convert its entire dedicated fleet truck fleet to renewable power by 2025.

Powered by Nikola’s cutting-edge technology, Anheuser-Busch conversion to a zero-emission trucking fleet will achieve this milestone across its long-haul loads, while also helping to improve road safety.

In a press release the company explained that the new zero-emission trucks, which are expected to be integrated into Anheuser-Busch’s dedicated fleet beginning in 2020, will be able to travel between 500 and 1,200 miles and be refilled within 20 minutes.

This from Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch…

“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.”

This from Trevor Milton, CEO of Nikola Motor Company who’s gotta be excited having received a ‘mega-order’ from the world’s largest brewing company…

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.”

The new initiative with Nikola will contribute to Anheuser-Busch’s recently announced 2025 Sustainability Goals. And once fully implemented, the carbon reductions gained from these 800 trucks will reduce the brewer’s carbon emissions by more than 18% — equivalent to taking more than 13 thousand passenger vehicles off the road annually…

Not bad for a company that has already reduced its total energy use in US breweries by more than 30%.

All image credits: Anheuser-Busch

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