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Anheuser-Busch Says It Will Ship Its Beer With Tesla’s Electric Semitrucks
2/08/2017 Glenn McDonald
Tesla Electric Semitruck
America’s largest beer maker will use all-electric trucks to make deliveries
between breweries and wholesalers.
Someone is going to have to break this news to the Clydesdales.
Anheuser-Busch announced this week that it ordered up 40 all-electric
semitrucks from automaker Tesla to handle high-volume deliveries from
breweries to wholesalers. The pre-order is one of the largest announced to
date for the Tesla Semi line of electric heavy-duty vehicles, which are
slated to go into production in 2019.
Anheuser-Busch said the move is part of a company-wide strategy to employ
new technologies that will reduce the environmental impact of its massive
fleet of delivery vehicles. The company has publicly committed to reducing
its operational carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2025.
But the Tesla electric trucks also make sense from an operational
perspective, said James Sembrot, Senior Director of Logistics Strategy.
“At Anheuser-Busch, we are constantly seeking new ways to make our supply
chain more sustainable, efficient, and innovative,” Sembrot said in the
announcement. “This investment in Tesla semi-trucks helps us achieve these
goals while improving road safety and lowering our environmental impact.”
The company plans to use the new vehicles for distribution to wholesalers
within 200 miles of its various brewery locations. That's well within the
500-mile range that Tesla has promised for the new trucks. The 40 Tesla
vehicles will be integrated into the company's existing fleet of around 750
diesel powered trucks dedicated to these routes.
Going electric has several potential advantages for large-scale trucking
operations. Obviously, fuel costs will improve rather dramatically.
According to figures from the American Transportation Research Institute, an
industry research group, Anheuser-Busch spends around $120 million per year
on long-haul transportation between breweries and wholesalers.
Anheuser-Busch is also citing improved safety and efficiency for drivers, as
the Tesla trucks are projected to be safer and more reliable than
On the other hand, initial costs for the new trucks will be more expensive.
Tesla's trucks will list for $150,000 to $200,000 each, while traditional
heavy-duty, diesel-powered semis can be purchased for under $150,000
And to be clear, the new electric trucks will be piloted by human drivers.
While there are some lane monitoring and emergency braking features built
into the Tesla Semis, there are no plans to incorporate full,
(In a separate test program in 2016, Anheuser-Busch worked with autonomous
vehicle company Otto to complete a 132-mile delivery using a self-driving
Since Tesla announced its semi line of heavy-duty vehicles in November,
several other major companies have announced plans to make purchases,
including high-volume operations like Wal-Mart, trucking company J.B. Hunt,
and the Michigan-based grocery chain Meijer. Tesla has not made any official
announcement yet on total pre-orders.
John Malloy, an analyst with the international auto recruitment firm
AutoKineto, said the move by Anheuser-Busch is a major development for the
viability of electric freight trucks — and electric vehicles in general.
“This is a great one,” Malloy said. “Electric vehicles will represent the
biggest revolution in manufacturing the country has ever seen.”
Tesla Semi Orders Boom as Anheuser-Busch and Sysco Order 90 Additional EV
December 8, 2017 More companies see the spark by cutting costs with
electrified commercial transportation. Tesla Semi Orders Boom as
Anheuser-Busch and Sysco Order 90 Additional EV Trucks ... In a strive to be
both revolutionary and efficient, two more companies involved in a large
amount of short-haul freight have stepped up to the plate to be a pioneer in
Tesla's latest offering to the trucking industry—its all-electric Semi.
Tesla Just Got Its Largest Electric Semi Pre-Order From a Major Worldwide
2017/12/13 PepsiCo has pre-ordered 100 Tesla semi trucks, making it the
largest number of trucks a company has bought since Tesla debuted the EV
last month. Each pre-order requires a $20,000 deposit — meaning the company
is likely to have paid nearly $2 million ...
Tesla Semi Truck Questions & Incorrect Assumptions — Answered Now
December 9th, 2017 “It’s a bad idea to doubt Tesla Performance before the
product is revealed.” ... “These claims are so far beyond current industry
standards for electric vehicles that they would require either advances in
battery technology or a new understanding of how batteries are put to use,
said Sam Jaffe, battery analyst for Cairn Energy Research in Boulder,
Sysco Begins Process of Incorporating Fully-Electric Semi Tractors Into
Dec 08, 2017 (pr)
Anheuser-Busch Drives the Future of Beer Delivery with One of Largest
Reported Pre-Orders of Tesla Electric Self-Driving Trucks
December 7, 2017 (pr)
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