Anheuser-Busch has given Tesla a reason to celebrate, as the beer maker placed an order this week for 40 electric semi-trucks that were recently unveiled by the electric vehicle maker.
The maker of Budweiser said the order of the electric trucks was part of its strategy of reducing the carbon emissions at the company by 30% before 2025.
The head of Anheuser-Busch’s logistics strategy James Sembrot said the brewer was constantly looking for new way to make its supply chain more efficient, innovative and sustainable.
He added that the investment in the semi-trucks from Tesla will help to achieve the goals we have while lowering the environmental impact AB has and improving road safety.
Several other businesses have also placed orders to purchase the semi-truck, which will be available during 2019 said Tesla.
Walmart has confirmed it ordered 15 trucks and J.B. Hunt a well-known trucking company has said that it ordered multiple trucks.
A minimum deposit of $20,000 is needed for each semi. The estimated base price will be $150,000 for one that has a driving range of 300 miles or $180,000 for those that have a range of 500 miles between charges. To order the “Founder Series” line of trucks, companies must pay the complete $200,000 price tag up front.
With those prices, it is expected that truck operators could save enough on fuel expense to make up the big difference in the price in only two years, claims Tesla. The driving ranges advertised by Tesla are possible when pulling a complete load, said Tesla.
Despite the trucks’ relatively long range between charges, the trucks are not able to go as far as today’s traditional diesel truck can with a tank of fuel. Therefore, they will be more useful for local as well as some regional routes.
Tesla claims its truck has an extremely fast acceleration rate of zero to 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds with a full load.
These trucks are to be equipped with the semi-autonomous driving system known as Autopilot that will help during long drives on highways. There is no seat for a passenger in the cab, as the seat for the driver is in the center of the vehicle’s cab allowing for a more aerodynamic shape of the truck.
The beer maker announced it was working with Utah based Nikola, on use of trucks that are hydrogen powered, and with Otto a subsidiary of Uber testing autonomous driving technology for trucks.