Brewer Anheuser-Busch has announced it has placed an order for 40 Tesla Semi trucks.
The maker of Budweiser said the move represented “one of Tesla’s largest reported pre-orders” and was part of efforts to “reduce the environmental impact and increase the efficiency” of operations.
Anheuser-Busch said it was committed to reducing its operational carbon footprint by 30% by 2025.
James Sembrot, senior director of logistics strategy, said: “This investment in Tesla semi-trucks helps us achieve these goals while improving road safety and lowering our environmental impact.”
The company was involved in the first commercial beer delivery using autonomous driving technology in 2016, and it is working with Nikola to develop hydrogen-powered engines, with Otto and Uber Freight on autonomous vehicles and with Convoy to access on-demand trucking capacity.
Sembrot said: “We can’t wait to get these trucks on the road and keep leading our industry forward to a greener, smarter future in partnership with some of the world’s most innovative companies.”
The Tesla Semi costs $180,000 for a model with a 500-mile range and Tesla claims owners will save $200,000 or more on fuel costs over a million miles.
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