Anheuser-Busch Orders 40 Tesla Electric Semi Trucks

Budweiser’s parent goes electric.

By Ethan L. Johns
December 11, 2017

Image: Tesla

It’s a mean, green driving machine—full to the brim with beer and completely electric. Meet the new Bud-mobile, with all of the stone-cold brews and none of the stinky diesel fumes.

On Thursday, Anheuser-Busch (subsidiary of the Belgian beer conglomerate AB InBev) announced in a press release that it had put down a deposit for 40 of Tesla’s new electric semitrailers. Citing its sustainability goals—which include reducing its carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2025—it claimed that the investment would be equivalent to “removing 500,000 cars from the road globally each year.” It also hopes that the vehicles’ autonomous driving features will help with safety on the road as it continues to deliver ice cold brews to its millions of fans. Dilly, Dilly!

The investment is not an insignificant one; to reserve one of the new electric Semis, buyers need to put down a deposit of $20,000 (up from $5,000 on launch day). And that’s considering the fact that they haven’t even gone into production yet. Once available, they are expected to cost from $150,000 for a truck with 300-mile range to $200,000 for one with a 500-mile range.

The aerodynamic “beast” was introduced to the public by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in November, along with its SpaceX rocket and a mile-long, high-speed “hyperloop” tunnel. It features a centered driver’s seat (so the driver can better observe the sides of the truck) as well as an autopilot to help avoid crashes. It can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds while carrying a full load.

Tesla has also received orders from Walmart and the foodservice company Sysco.

Keep an eye out for these Semis closer to 2019. They may just be the beer-mobiles of the future.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns