Anheuser-Busch Places Order for Forty All-Electric Tesla Semis
One of Tesla’s Largest Reported Pre-Orders to Go to Beer Magnate
Anheuser-Busch placed a pre-order for 40 examples of the Tesla Semi, the company’s recently announced all-electric Class 8 truck. The brewer claims it’s one of the largest reported pre-orders, representing the “company’s commitment to improving road safety and reducing carbon emissions,” according to a press release.
Tesla’s Semi (mind the capital-S) will be a regional big rig, with a claimed range of 500 miles between charges even when fully loaded. Helping it on that mission is an incredibly slippery 0.36 coefficient of drag; compare that number to the current Toyota Prius’ 0.24 or a conventional Class 8 truck’s 0.60–0.90 and you’ll see that the Tesla Semi’s claimed number is a huge improvement over its competitors.
“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 semitrucks helps us achieve these goals while improving road safety and lowering our environmental impact.”
The Tesla Semi isn’t the only ingredient in the beer legend’s carbon-reduction recipe. The company is also partnering with Nikola to develop hydrogen fuel-cell propulsion and Convoy to provide on-demand trucking services. Anheuser-Busch also works with Otto and Uber Freight, two leaders in autonomous trucking. In fact, an Otto truck carrying nearly 52,000 cans of Budweiser made an autonomous 132-mile trip from Ft. Collins to Colorado Springs, Colorado, marking the first-ever commercial beer run using autonomous driving technology.
As more supply chains hitch their freight to Tesla’s Semi, the odds of seeing widespread acceptance of all-electric trucks is increasing. Each pre-order helps the electric carmaker raise funds for future products, including the Semi-optimized Megacharger system that can theoretically charge up 400 miles of range in 30 minutes. So Anheuser-Busch’s order is good news for Tesla, bringing both companies one step closer to carbon-neutral logistics.