Nikola Motor Company has made what it calls is the first ever zero-emission beer delivery in partnership with Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis where the brewing company is headquartered.
The delivery from the brewery to Lohr Distributors, marked the first commercial assignment of the Nikola hydrogen-electric vehicle.
Lohr Distributors completed the run to the Enterprise Center, home of the Stanley Cup winning St Louis Blues, with a commercial vehicle from electric truck start-up BYD.
Anheuser-Busch Vice President Procurement and Sustainability Ingrid De Ryck said the beer brewer was continuously searching for innovations to drive its industry forward and improve sustainability across its value chain.
“No single company can build a more sustainable future alone but this zero-emission delivery has shown what is possible when we bring together the various strengths and assets within our supplier network to work towards a shared objective of a better world,” he said.
As part of its commitment to transition its entire long haul dedicated fleet to zero-emission vehicles, Anheuser-Busch in 2018 ordered 800 hydrogen electric trucks from Nikola.
Nikola CEO Trevor Milton said it was a milestone event that would move other original equipment manufacturers from conventional diesel commercial vehicles.
“We look forward to helping the Anheuser-Busch team achieve their sustainability goals by leveraging Nikola’s zero-emissions technology. We are now preparing production vehicles for Anheuser-Busch and plan on delivering the trucks as fast as possible,” he said
The announcement coincides with Anheuser-Busch hosting more than 100 strategic suppliers in St. Louis this week for the inaugural Eclipse Summit where best practices to align partners on collective action in sustainability are to be discussed.
Nikola and BYD will both be active participants in the summit.
Last month Anheuser-Busch announced a pilot project with BYD in California at four of its distribution facilities involving 21 BYD electric trucks.
“Partnering with Anheuser-Busch is a great opportunity to showcase BYD’s performance and reliability with an industry leader,” said Stella Li, President of BYD Motors in a statement.
“Our dedication to innovation pairs nicely with Anheuser-Busch’s sustainability commitment,” she said.
Over the weekend Trevor Milton publically offered to donate an electric pick-up truck design to Tesla CEO Elon Musk following the unveiling of the Tesla Cybertruck, which has been, since it was launched, the object of online ridicule for its rotund, triangular design.
Aerodynamic trucks are not new and manufacturers and operators have been smoothing out the sides of trucks since the 1930s. For a long time Volvo Trucks has been involved in the development of improved aerodynamics in Europe and now the Australian division is making some serious engineering and aerodynamic efforts to explore fuel savings.