Anheuser-Busch to buy 800 hydrogen-powered semi trucks from Nikola by 2025
In a Thursday announcement, Budweiser beer brand’s owner Anheuser-Busch has revealed that it has signed an agreement with Nikola Motor Company for buying up to 800 hydrogen-powered semi trucks by year 2025. The order marks a major development for Nikola Motor Company in semi-truck segment, mainly dominated by Tesla Motors with fast-growing orders for Tesla electric semi truck.
The financial terms of the agreement have not yet been disclosed by Anheuser-Busch or Nikola Motor Company.
The agreement, however, is subject to the condition that Nikola will build hydrogen refuelling stations across the US, with most of the refuelling stations to be located on the routes frequently used by Anheuser-Busch. Nikola has already revealed in a statement that it is hopeful of having over 700 hydrogen fuelling stations across the country by 2028.
The recent announcement by Anheuser-Busch about buying 800 semi trucks from Nikola apparently underscores Budweiser-maker’s plans to replace its whole dedicated corporate fleet -- which represents nearly one-third of the company’s overall distribution network -- with trucks powered by renewable energy.
Anheuser-Busch’s announcement about purchasing 800 hydrogen-powered semi trucks from Nikola is in addition to its 2017 commitment to purchase 40 units of Tesla Semi electric trucks.
Revealing that Budweiser will incorporate Nikola’s hydrogen-powered trucks and Tesla Semi electric trucks in the same fleet, Ingrid De Ryck -- Budweiser’s VP for Sustainability -- said: “Both of the solutions can coexist and just play different roles.”
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