Budweiser brewer makes first beer delivery with Nikola semi truck

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    Budweiser brewer makes first beer delivery with Nikola semi truck

    Budweiser brewer makes first beer delivery with Nikola semi truck
    And a BYD electric truck took the beer to its final destination.


    Sean Szymkowski
    November 22, 2019 10:04 AM PST

    The next beer you crack open at the Enterprise Center may have an incredibly minimal carbon footprint, St. Louis Blues fans. Anheuser-Busch said on Thursday it completed the very first beer delivery using zero-emissions delivery vehicles.

    Specifically, it hauled the shipment of beer in a Nikola hydrogen-electric semi, before its partner brought the adult beverage to its final destination in a BYD electric truck. Anheuser-Busch placed an order for 800 of the hydrogen-electric Nikola semi trucks last year as the beer brewer looks to turn its entire long-haul vehicle fleet into a zero-emissions one. By 2025, the company has committed to shaving 25% of its carbon emissions.

    The beer brewer will run a fleet of Nikola Two hydrogen-electric trucks. These models do not solely run on hydrogen, but incorporate both a hydrogen fuel cell and battery-electric powertrain. On hydrogen, the Two should go up to 750 miles. With electricity from the battery, Nikola expects up to 350 miles of range. The BYD electric trucks, like the one used in this first shipment, are meant to complement the semis.

    This Bud Light has a low carbon footprint.

    They'll largely run in California, where Anheuser-Busch began a pilot project with 21 of the electric vehicles, and the beer brewer will use them to run between four different distribution centers. The company even constructed a 958.5 kW solar array to charge the vehicles with renewable energy.

    Back to Nikola, the company said it's working to deliver its production semis to the beer brewer as quickly as possible. Production will take place in Arizona at a new facility under construction that Nikola estimates will bring 2,000 new jobs to the area by 2024. The company is also working with partners to bring hydrogen refueling infrastructure to life. If all goes according to plan, it will have 700 stations by 2028.

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    Re: Budweiser brewer makes first beer delivery with Nikola semi truck

    So it actually exists?
    The Brand T semi, which was shown two years ago, is still vaporware.
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    Re: Budweiser brewer makes first beer delivery with Nikola semi truck

    At some point I can see other big trucking types or fleets going to this sort of thing.

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    Nikola to Tesla: Here, hold my beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1958carnut View Post
    At some point I can see other big trucking types or fleets going to this sort of thing.
    These work well for dedicated routes.
    A/B only need 28 hydrogen stations to service their major breweries.
    Unlike charging stations, hydrogen stations for big trucks are being standardized.
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    Budweiser? Doesn't count. Wake me up when Victory does the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eaton53 View Post
    These work well for dedicated routes.
    A/B only need 28 hydrogen stations to service their major breweries.
    Unlike charging stations, hydrogen stations for big trucks are being standardized.
    ^This. Its not for over the road, its for dedicated fleet runs. OTR is going to be diesel for a long time yet.
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    Re: Budweiser brewer makes first beer delivery with Nikola semi truck

    Anheuser-Busch placed an order for 800 of the hydrogen-electric Nikola semi trucks last year as the beer brewer looks to turn its entire long-haul vehicle fleet into a zero-emissions one. By 2025, the company has committed to shaving 25% of its carbon emissions.

    I'd say eight hundred is going out on the proverbial limb just a wee bit. But then if you believe somehow, being an earth-based carbon unit, that carbon is somehow bad, you're probably well on your way to insanity and ordering 800 complex machines that have just hit the road is not a risk, it's covering for the guilt trip.
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    Re: Budweiser brewer makes first beer delivery with Nikola semi truck

    Quote Originally Posted by CJH View Post
    ^This. Its not for over the road, its for dedicated fleet runs. OTR is going to be diesel for a long time yet.
    I'm surprised there haven't been some Diesel Electric Hybrid offerings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyDiablo View Post
    I'm surprised there haven't been some Diesel Electric Hybrid offerings.
    Not worth the cost since diesel is already super torquey and very efficient at idle/stop - which is the areas a hybrid would help. Plus every pound you add in the weight of the truck, takes a pound away from what you can haul - hurting your bottom line.
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