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Budweiser orders a fleet of Tesla trucks

motor1 logo motor1 12/12/2017 Dominik Wilde

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Anheuser-Busch, the brewer behind the Budweiser brand has placed an order for a fleet of Tesla's new all-electric truck.

The company broke the news last week, revealing that it has placed no fewer than 40 orders for the new truck — one of the largest orders for it to date. The move comes as Anheuser-Busch looks to reduce its carbon footprint by as much as 30 percent in the coming years.

Despite being a brewing giant, Anheuser-Busch has invested in modern transportation methods before.

Tesla Semi © UK Tesla Semi

Last year an Otto self-driving truck carried more than 50,000 Budweiser cans along a 132-mile stretch of Colorado highway, and has continued to work with Otto owner Uber to develop autonomous vehicle technologies.

When the new Tesla Semi truck was announced, company chief Elon Musk said that the truck would be 20 percent cheaper per mile to run than a diesel lorry, and that it would have 500 miles of range — while also being able to complete 400 miles on just 30 minutes of charge.

Tesla Semi © UK Tesla Semi Musk also said that the company plans to open a network of 'mega-chargers' that would be capable of that impressive half-hour charge. He said it would be 'economic suicide' to continue running a diesel-powered lorry, and also claimed that running the new Tesla Semi in convoy would be cheaper than transporting goods by rail.

Deliveries of the new Tesla truck are set to begin in 2019, but given the difficulties faced by the company in recent months, you may need to have your beer delivered by diesel power for just a little longer.

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