Anheuser-Busch Will Now Have The Largest Electric Truck Fleet In The Country
North American beer giant Anheuser-Busch took a leap into the future this week by announcing the company’s transition to electric delivery trucks, which means they will have the largest such fleet on the continent.
It cannot be stressed enough that transportation around the globe will have to change dramatically as part of the fight against climate change.
Transportation accounts for 29 percent of carbon emissions in the United States, a larger percentage than any other source. As part of the transportation system, delivery trucks criss-cross the country every hour of every day, including beer trucks. These trucks have quite a large carbon footprint, but that’s about to change, at least at Anheuser-Busch, which is partnering with Build Your Dreams to transform their entire truck fleet to an all-electric fleet that will help the state of California achieve emissions goals.
“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,” Anheuser-Busch Vice President of Sustainability Procurement Angie Slaughter said in a joint press release. “The transport industry is one that is prime for innovative solutions and we are excited to continue driving progress towards a zero-emission fleet through this partnership.”
The electric trucks will begin making deliveries by the end of 2019 and the transition will be completed by 2021.
“We’re honored to be part of this major milestone demonstrating the operational, economic, and environmental sustainability benefits of our zero-emission trucks,” John Gerra, BYD Director of Business Development, Electric Trucks, added in the statement. “BYD trucks are out there right now working hard every day throughout California.”
And if these Anheuser-Busch trucks make it to Maryland, there’s a brand new all-electric charging station that is open for business.
The project will hopefully inspire other companies to do the same and is already drawing praise by government officials and scientists.
“With this exciting project, Anheuser-Busch is providing a real-world demonstration of the future for moving goods and products throughout California,” California Air Resources Board Executive Officer Richard Corey said. “I congratulate all the companies partnering on this impressive effort for embracing zero-emission trucks, and showing other businesses a zero-emissions solution to moving goods and cargo that cleans the air, protects our children’s health, and fights climate change.”
Indeed, air quality is especially important right now since breathing in polluted air is the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, resulting in long-term health problems that are costly and life-threatening.
By switching to electric trucks, Anheuser-Busch is doing their part to help improve air quality and will serve as an example of how clean energy can benefit the environment and the bottom-line for companies around the globe.
“This project represents a huge step forward in integrating clean energy and clean transportation to realize the full environmental benefits of battery electric vehicles,” Center for Transportation and the Environment Engineering Consultant Joel Donham says. “CTE commends ARB, the CCI program, and all the project partners for their leadership in an effort to demonstrate the viability, benefits, and scalability of holistic energy and transportation systems.”
So, let’s all raise a cold one in celebration of Anheuser-Busch joining the green revolution.
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