AB InBev may be Big Beer, but the company is trying to go green. AB InBev is updating its already massive distribution network with the purchase of 40 new Tesla Semi trucks. Tesla launched the new series of electric powered semi-trucks last month, further developing its venture into high-performance, electric vehicles.
AB InBev’s purchase is part of its initiative to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. The large beer conglomerate has pledged to lower its carbon emissions 30 percent by 2025. AB InBev previously teamed up with Uber’s Otto, a self-driving truck firm, to make a beer run with a cargo full of Budweiser in 2016. The autonomous truck transported a load of Budweiser from one of its brewery’s in Ft. Collins, Colorado to a distributor in Colorado Springs, a total of 132 miles. It’s important to note that the truck wasn’t completely autonomous. A driver was required to operate the semi-truck manually until it reached the highway, according to Electrek.
AB InBev claims that the its goal of reducing its carbon footprint 30 percent by 2025 will equate to roughly taking 500,000 cars off the road every year. “At Anheuser-Busch, we are constantly seeking new ways to make our supply chain more sustainable, efficient, and innovative,” according to Senior Director of Logistics Strategy James Sembrot. “This investment in Tesla semi-trucks helps us achieve these goals while improving road safety and lowering our environmental impact.”