Budweiser brewers use Nikola semi-trailer trucks to transport beer for the first time

Anheuser-Busch, the world’s most famous company, said Thursday that it used zero-emission shipping vehicles to complete its first shipment of beer,media CNET reported. Specifically, the company used a hydrogen-powered semi-trailer truck, The First Beer, to be shipped to its destination.

Budweiser brewers use Nikola semi-trailer trucks to transport beer for the first time

Previously, the company used a BYD electric truck to transport beer. Last year, Anheuser-Busch ordered 800 hydrogen-powered semi-trailer trucks, The Nikola, because the brewer wanted to turn its entire fleet of long-distance vehicles into zero-emissions fleets. The company has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2025.

The brewer will run a Nikola fleet with two hydrogen-powered electric trucks. In addition to hydrogen, these models also integrate hydrogen fuel cells and battery power transmission systems. Today, when operating with hydrogen power, it should have a range of 750 miles. With battery power, the Nikola is expected to reach 350 miles of range. Like the electric trucks used in the first shipments, BYD’s electric trucks are meant to complement the semi-trailers.

Budweiser brewers use Nikola semi-trailer trucks to transport beer for the first time

They will operate mainly in California, where Anheuser-Busch is due to start a pilot project for 21 electric vehicles. The brewer will use the semi-trailers to run between four different distribution centers. The company even built a 958.5 kW solar array to provide renewable energy for vehicles.

Nikola said it was working to deliver its semi-trailer to the brewer as soon as possible. Production will take place at a new plant in Arizona, and Nikola estimates that 2,000 new jobs will be created in the region by 2024. The company is also working with partners to build more hydrogen fuel infrastructure. If all goes according to plan, it will have 700 sites by 2028.

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