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Anheuser-Busch Orders 800 Hydrogen-Electric Powered Semi-Trucks From Nikola Motor Company

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【Summary】Nikola Motor Company continues to line up new customers for its zero-emission hydrogen-powered trucks. The company announced that American brewer Anheuser-Busch has placed an order for up to 800 of its hydrogen-electric powered semi-trucks.

Eric Walz    May 07, 2018 7:05 AM PT
Anheuser-Busch Orders 800 Hydrogen-Electric Powered Semi-Trucks From Nikola Motor Company

Nikola Motor Company continues to line up new customers for its zero-emission hydrogen-powered trucks. The company announced that American brewer Anheuser-Busch has placed an order for up to 800 of its hydrogen-electric powered semi-trucks. Nikola Motors is building trucks powered by hydrogen-electric renewable technology as a zero-emissions alternative to diesel-powered trucks.

Nikola's zero-emission trucks will be able to travel between 500 and 1,200 miles between fill ups and the hydrogen can be refilled in just 20 minutes, reducing down time. The Nikola trucks are expected to be integrated into Anheuser-Busch's dedicated fleet beginning in 2020.

"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 9 billion dollars in pre-order reservations, we are building to order, not speculation, and are very excited for what's to come."

Through this agreement, Anheuser-Busch aims to convert its entire long-haul dedicated fleet to renewable powered trucks by 2025. Nikola's 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.

Nikola's trucks have an advanced surround view system using a 15-inch touchscreen display, which shows the driver a virtual aerial view of the area around the truck and trailer in real time, eliminating all blind spots. The trucks use several high definition cameras throughout the vehicle combine with radar, sonar and computing software and hardware to provide 360° views.

The partnership with Nikola will contribute to Anheuser-Busch's recently announced 2025 Sustainability Goals, which include reducing CO2 emissions by 25% 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% — equivalent to taking more than 13 thousand passenger vehicles o the road annually.

Emission reduction has, and continues to be, a long-term focus for Anheuser-Busch. In 2006, the brewer joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Transport program; and since 2008, has reduced its total energy use in U.S. breweries by more than 30%.

The announcement comes days after Nikola filed a lawsuit against Tesla for alleged design patent infringement.

Nikola said in a court filing that Tesla's electric truck is "substantially" similar to its own design. Nikola contends it was is issued six design patents between February and April 2018 for its panoramic, wrap-around windshield, mid-entry door, fuselage, fender, side cladding and the overall design of the Nikola One semi-truck.

Nikola estimates its harm from Tesla's infringement to be in excess of $2 billion, the company said in the filing.


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