Anheuser-Busch Completes First Zero-Emission Beer Delivery

Brewer partners with Nikola Motor Company and BYD to make delivery from brewery to retailer utilizing innovative zero-emission fleet technology
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ST. LOUIS - Nov. 21, 2019 - PRLog -- Today, Anheuser-Busch, in partnership with Nikola Motor Company (Nikola) and BYD Motors LLC, completed their first ever 'Zero-Emission Beer Delivery' in the company's hometown of St. Louis – utilizing both companies' innovative fleet technology to deliver beer from the local Anheuser-Busch brewery to the Enterprise Center using only zero-emission trucks.

This morning, a Nikola hydrogen-electric truck picked up the load of beer, including flagship beer Bud Light, and delivered it to Anheuser-Busch local wholesaler partner, Lohr Distributors – marking the first commercial delivery onboard a Nikola hydrogen-electric vehicle. Lohr Distributors then delivered the beer to the Enterprise Center, home of the St. Louis Blues, on a BYD electric truck – a milestone delivery for the brewer as the beer reached its destination with zero-emissions from transportation.

"At Anheuser-Busch, we are continuously searching for innovative ways to improve sustainability across our entire value chain, progressing towards reaching our sustainability goals and driving our industry forward," said Ingrid De Ryck, Vice President of Procurement and Sustainability at Anheuser-Busch. "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."

"As the first commercial delivery of freight with our hydrogen-electric truck, this is an exciting time for both Nikola and Anheuser-Busch. This milestone will become an example for all other OEM's to move away from diesel trucks and towards zero-emission vehicles," said Trevor Milton, Nikola's chief executive officer.

To complement the Nikola partnership within their routes, Anheuser-Busch also announced a pilot project with BYD in California (https://www.anheuser-busch.com/newsroom/2019/10/anheuser-...) last month to improve the sustainability of their fleet at four Anheuser-Busch distribution facilities in California. The 21 BYD electric trucks, as well as a 958.5 kW solar array to charge the vehicles, will be implemented this year as the largest Class 8 electric truck deployment in North America.

"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. "Our dedication to innovation pairs nicely with Anheuser-Busch's sustainability commitment."

To highlight the power of partnership, Anheuser-Busch is hosting more than 100 strategic suppliers and partners in St. Louis this week for their inaugural Eclipse Summit to discuss best practices and align on collective action in sustainability. Both Nikola and BYD will be participating in the summit to highlight their cutting-edge technology and the impact of their partnerships with the brewer.

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