Bud delivery goes emissions-free with fuel cell electric trucks
Anheuser-Busch and Nikola Motor Company have announced that America’s leading brewer has placed an order for up to 800 hydrogen-electric powered semi-trucks from the pioneer in hydrogen-electric renewable technology.
The zero-emission trucks – which will be able to travel between 800km and 11,900km, and be refilled within 20 minutes, reducing idle time – are expected to be integrated into Anheuser-Busch’s dedicated fleet beginning in 2020.
The fuel cells fitted to the Nikola One truck chosen by Anheuser-Busch use hydrogen to produce electricity (with its only emission water) which is then used to power 800V AC motors, giving up to 745kW and 2,700Nm of torque, with 0-100km/h acceleration in just over 30 seconds – twice as fast as an equivalent diesel truck – and equivalent fuel consumption of 18 to 15 litres/100km, which is half that of a diesel.
The transmission is a two-speed automated with direct drive and low-noise gears, and active descent control comes standard, aided by the deceleration recharging feature.
Nikola has partnered with Nel ASA as the sole equipment supplier to create the largest hydrogen network in the world that will initially cover more than 3,200km and include 16 stations. Hydrogen gas is made on-site at each station, and refuelling takes place via a nozzle similar to that found at a regular diesel pump.
Anheuser-Busch aims to convert its entire long-haul dedicated fleet to renewable powered trucks by 2025. Nikola’s cutting-edge technology will enable the brewer to achieve this milestone across its long-haul loads, while also helping to improve road safety through the trucks’ advanced surround viewing system.
“At Anheuser-Busch we’re continuously searching for ways to improve sustainability across our entire value chain and drive our industry forward,” said Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “The transport industry is one that is ripe for innovative solutions and Nikola is leading the way with hydrogen-electric, zero-emission capabilities. We are very excited by the possibilities our partnership with them can offer.”
“Hydrogen-electric technology is the future of logistics and we’re proud to be leading the way,” added Trevor Milton, CEO of Nikola Motor Company.
“Anheuser-Busch has a long history of investing in progressive, sustainable technology and we are excited to partner with them to bring the largest hydrogen network in the world to the USA. By 2028, we anticipate having over 700 hydrogen stations across the USA and Canada. With nearly nine billion US dollars in pre-order reservations, we are building to order, not speculation, and are very excited for what’s to come.”
The partnership with Nikola will contribute to Anheuser-Busch’s recently announced 2025 sustainability goals, which include reducing CO2 emissions by 25 percent across its value chain. Once fully implemented, the carbon reductions gained from these 800 trucks will reduce the brewer’s carbon emissions from logistics by more than 18 percent – equivalent to taking more than 13,000 passenger vehicles off the road annually.
Anheuser-Busch owns and operates 22 breweries, including the famous Budweiser brand, 20 distributorships and 22 agricultural and packaging facilities, employing more than 18,000 people across the United States.
Nikola Motor Company designs and manufactures electric vehicles, vehicle components, energy storage systems, and electric vehicle drivetrains.