Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB inBev) recently completed its first zero-emission beer delivery, 18 months after placing an order for 800 hydrogen-electric semi-trucks.
The brewer, which owners brands like Budweiser, Stella Artois and Beck’s, completed the delivery on Thursday, November 21st in St. Louis, Missouri. On the day, Bud Light was picked up by a Nikola hydrogen-electric truck from the local Anheuser-Busch brewery and taken to AB InBev’s local wholesale partner Lohr Distributors. Lohr Distributors then used a fully-electric truck, manufactured by BYD, to deliver the beer to the iconic sports and concert venue.
Nikola Motor Company claims the AB InBev delivery marked the first time one of its hydrogen-electric semi-tucks has been used to make a commercial journey. AB InBev first placed its order with Nikola in May 2018, for 800 hydrogen-electric semi-trucks. The company plans integrated the vehicles into its fleet from early 2020, with the goal being to run its entire fleet of long-haul trucks on clean energy by 2025.
“At AB InBev, we are continuously searching for innovative ways to improve sustainability across our entire value chain, progressing towards reaching our sustainability goals and driving our industry forward,” AB InBev’s vice president of procurement and sustainability Ingrid De Ryck said.
Elsewhere in its fleet strategy, AB InBev is exploring automation and other digital technologies to improve efficiency. It used an autonomous truck to deliver 50,000 cases of Budweiser across a 120-mile route in Colorado and, in 2017, submitted an order for 40 Tesla plug-in semi-trucks. In its UK operations specifically, AB InBev recently began trialling liquefied natural gase (LNG) as truck fuel.