The US brewery Anheuser-Busch will use 21 BYD electrically powered heavy-duty trucks in its Californian fleet as part of a government project. The BYD 8TT electric trucks are scheduled to go into service at the end of this year.
As part of the project, a Southern California-based ENGIE team will manage the design and installation of the charging infrastructure at all four sites (Sylmar, Riverside, Pomona and Carson).
In the Zero Emission Beverage Handling and Distribution at Scale project, the second generation electric trucks will be used at the four Anheuser-Busch distribution centres. To make this project possible, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has awarded funds to the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE). The CTE is a non-profit association from the zero-emission vehicle industry that is responsible for project monitoring, development, administration and reporting during the use of the electric trucks. CTE also provides technical support, risk analysis and mitigation strategies, permit, equipment and station provision, training, and commissioning assistance.
Anheuser-Busch intends to use electric trucks to drive forward the electrification of the fleet. After all, by 2025 its CO2 emissions are to be reduced by 25 per cent across the entire value chain. “At Anheuser-Busch, we are committed to leading our industry towards a more sustainable future by reducing our carbon emissions across our value chain by 25% by 2025,” said Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch, in May last year. At that time, the company ordered 800 H2 trucks from Nikola Motors. A few months earlier, Anheuser-Busch had already ordered 90 Tesla trucks.