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Anheuser-Busch orders 40 Tesla electric self-driving trucks

LBR Staff Writer Published 11 December 2017

US brewing firm Anheuser-Busch has ordered 40 Tesla semi-trucks, as part of its efforts to reduce the environmental impact and enhance operational efficiency.

Tesla semi-trucks are electric-powered and installed with autonomous driving capabilities, helping to improve road safety and reduce carbon emissions.

Anheuser-Busch said that Tesla semi-trucks will allow to reduce its operational carbon footprint by 30% by 2025.

Anheuser-Busch is also working with Nikola to develop and implement hydrogen-powered engines, as well as Otto and Uber Freight to test autonomous driving technology.

In addition, Anheuser-Busch collaborated with Convoy to access on-demand trucking capacity.

In 2016, Otto truck with 51,744 cans of Budweiser completed an autonomous truckload shipment from Anheuser-Busch’s Ft. Collins brewery to a wholly-owned distributorship in Colorado Springs in the US.

The 132-mile shipment is said to be the first commercial beer delivery by using autonomous driving technology.

Anheuser-Busch logistics strategy senior director James Sembrot said: “At Anheuser-Busch, we are constantly seeking new ways to make our supply chain more sustainable, efficient, and innovative.

“This investment in Tesla semi-trucks helps us achieve these goals while improving road safety and lowering our environmental impact.”

In November, DHL Supply Chain has placed an order for ten Tesla Electric Class 8 semi trucks.

Tesla electric trucks, which will be available in 2019, will be tested at DHL's customer operations in major metro cities of the US.

DHL will use the trucks for shuttle deliveries and same-day customer deliveries.

Same month, Girteka Logistics also ordered new Tesla electric truck to reduce pollution and deploy an advanced technology.


Image: Tesla semi-trucks will help Anheuser-Busch to reduce its operational carbon footprint by 30% by 2025. Photo: courtesy of Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC.