Anheuser-Busch InBev, a producer of popular beers such as Corona, Stella Artoise and Beck’s, has placed an order for 40 Tesla semi-trucks. The order is part of a company -wide strategy to reduce its operational carbon footprint by 30 per cent by 2025.
Anheuser-Busch InBev is the world’s largest beer company with well over 500 brands. It has also now made one of the largest reported pre-orders of Tesla electric self-driving trucks.
According to a company announcement, the 40 semi-trucks will be fully electric-powered and equipped with autonomous driving capabilities. Integrating them into the brewer’s distribution network will help Anheuser-Busch achieve its commitment to reduce its operational carbon footprint by 30 per cent by 2025 – the equivalent of removing nearly 500,000 cars from the road globally each year.
“At Anheuser-Busch, we are constantly seeking new ways to make our supply chain more sustainable, efficient, and innovative,” said James Sembrot, Senior Director of Logistics Strategy. “This investment in Tesla semi-trucks helps us achieve these goals while improving road safety and lowering our environmental impact.”
The company also expects the technology to improve road safety and efficiency.
In addition to its partnership with Tesla, Anheuser-Busch is also working with a number of innovative companies to build a more sustainable and efficient beer distribution network. These include partnerships with Nikola to develop and implement hydrogen-powered engines in its distribution network, Otto and Uber Freight to test autonomous driving technology, and Convoy to access on-demand trucking capacity.
“The transportation industry is evolving fast, and we’re really excited to play a leadership role in driving this evolution by integrating these new technologies across our network,” added Sembrot.
Anheuser-Busch announced earlier this year that it intends to secure 100 per cent of its purchased energy from renewable sources by 2025.