Anheuser-Busch orders 800 hydrogen-electric trucks from Nikola

Anheuser-Busch has placed an order for up to 800 hydrogen-electric semi-trucks from Nikola Motor Company. The fuel cell trucks, which will offer a range between 500 and 1,200 miles and refueling time of less than 20 minutes, are expected to be integrated into Anheuser-Busch’s fleet beginning in 2020.

Anheuser-Busch aims to convert its entire long-haul dedicated fleet to “renewable powered” trucks by 2025.

“At Anheuser-Busch we’re continuously searching for ways to improve sustainability,” said Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “The transport industry is one that is ripe for innovative solutions and Nikola is leading the way with hydrogen-electric, zero-emission capabilities.”

“Hydrogen-electric technology is the future of logistics,” said Nikola CEO Trevor Milton. “Anheuser-Busch has a long history of investing in sustainable technology and we are excited to partner with them to bring the largest hydrogen network in the world to the USA. By 2028, we anticipate having over 700 hydrogen stations across the USA and Canada. With nearly nine billion dollars in pre-order reservations, we are building to order, not speculation.”


Source: Nikola Motor Company

  • Dennis Worley

    Can we please have more Teck. info ….engine lay out etc.

  • DIY ev

    Has anyone seen one of these trucks work. I heard they were using direct drive and a gasoline generator on their first version.
    I did the math on the hydrogen fuel cell required at even 200KW continuous which would be about average usage on a truck this size.
    This exact knowledge comes from my past building actual working large trucks and buses and the amount of hydrogen required would be a 190kw continuous fuel cell which is 6 times that of a hydrogen car. They would need a system 6 times the size of a hydrogen car and that will only give you about 250 miles or less. If they are going by efficiency then they would have to cut that in half again so they would really need a 400kw full cell which will run at 53% efficiency.
    These truck would need to carry the 10,000 psi hydrogen tanks which aren’t in full production yet and still under study.
    Please remember the math above is a very best case scenario and maybe even the empty weight numbers.
    If they are using direct drive then the torque will be through the roof and that is why Tesla uses 4 motors and over 500KWH battery packs. If Nikola even thinks they will use less power than Tesla then they will 100% fail.
    Why doesn’t Anheuser use a good team that knows what they are doing and has done big trucks in the past and use a good strong electric motor with the proper gearing, a proven Ballard Fuel cell system and realize they will get 200 to 300 miles per charge. DIYev has the whole thing ready to build now and it will be guaranteed to work. DIYev knows how to build the Hydrogen generator infrastructure and has “I 10″Interstate plan with a more economic way of creating the hydrogen as well.

    • My Vizn

      DIY ev – I agree with your assessment. The problem is no one understands the HFC and fueling infrastructure. I believe Nikola is trying to use Tesla’s credibility to push their truck forward. If you watch all the videos of this Trevor Milton character, its like watching a pretend look at me show. His reveal was a complete joke. His CTO was a guy straight out of Misfit Garage, I think Milton and his company are a bunch of scammers from Utah pulling the wool over everyone.

      • calduo

        Agreed, they will build an imagery truck and/or products power by whole alot of hot air. After that company will ran out investor’s money with nothing to show for it. On the other hand, Tesla is building amazing real-world technological advanced products(cars, battery storage, solar, and etc.). That will save our planet.

  • maserati123

    Not many people know this but Nikola is partially owned by Fiat industries who owns CHN industries.

  • Al

    Hydrogen is not renewable, it is non-polluting at it’s use point. Still requires fossil fuel to generate in usable quantity

    • newSteveZodiac

      There are viable non-fossil fuel methods of generating it, not that I am for it – on safety grounds.