Otto believes its selfdriving technology can change trucking and freight transportation in three major ways By reducing the number of fatalities on US roads as nearly half of fatalities happen on highways with 94 of crashes caused by human error enabling more fuelefficient driving and therefore reducing emissions from freight trucks which are currently responsible for 28 of all road vehicle carbon dioxide CO2 emissions and enhancing truck utilization while providing a ldquosustainable soluti
In 2016, an Otto truck carrying 51,744 cans of Budweiser completed an autonomous truckload shipment in Colorado. (Photo: Otto)

Anheuser-Busch places order for 40 Tesla electric trucks

Anheuser-Busch said it has placed an order for 40 Tesla electric Class 8 trucks, which is believed to be the largest individual order placed thus far.

“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 semi-trucks helps us achieve these goals while improving road safety and lowering our environmental impact.”

Last month, CEO Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s electric Class 8 truck, which he said can offer as much as a 500-mile range and will be available in 2019. Jalopnik is maintaining a page listing every announced order for the Tesla truck thus far. 

Tesla said that orders require a $20,000 deposit per truck. When the truck was initially unveiled, that figure was $5,000. The cost of each truck starts at $150,000.

Anheuser-Busch said the trucks are part of a strategy to reduce its operational carbon footprint by 30% by 2025.

“We can’t wait to get these trucks on the road, and keep leading our industry forward to a greener, smarter future in partnership with some of the world’s most innovative companies,” said Sembrot.  “The transportation industry is evolving fast, and we’re really excited to play a leadership role in driving this evolution by integrating these new technologies across our network.”

Anheuser-Busch is also working with Nikola to develop and implement hydrogen-powered engines, Otto and Uber Freight to test autonomous driving technology, and Convoy to access on-demand trucking capacity.  

In 2016, an Otto truck carrying 51,744 cans of Budweiser completed an autonomous truckload shipment in Colorado.

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