Anheuser-Busch just bought 800 hydrogen-fueled trucks.
The beer company made a deal with startup Nikola Motors to develop trucks that are powered by hydrogen cells and can drive up to 1,200 miles in 1 fill-up without generating any tailpipe pollutants. The truck’s system generates power by splitting hydrogen electrons from protons. When those particles are combined with air, it creates water as the waste product.
Nikola says fuel cell trucks will be great for trucking, since the system is much lighter than current renewable options. As part of the deal, the company will also build 28 fueling stations along Anheuser-Busch’s business routes.
Anheuser-Busch also reserved 40 Tesla electric semis as a part of its goal to replace its diesel trucks and only rely on renewable energy for transportation by 2025. The beer brand says once its plan is fully implemented, the 800 trucks could reduce its carbon emissions by 18%, which is the equivalent of more than 13,000 passenger vehicles taken off the road annually. There are plenty of interesting experiments being done on cars recently — whether they have to do with self-driving technology or energy-efficient implementations. Hopefully all of the vehicles on the road will one day run with reduced emissions.