Anheuser-Busch will use Tesla's electric Semi trucks to deliver its beer
Anheuser-Busch has placed an order to reserve 40 of Tesla Inc.’s all-electric Semi trucks, the long-awaited model that Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled last month.
The move comes as the beer giant seeks to reduce its operational carbon footprint by 30% by 2025.
The maker of Budweiser also aims to reduce its fuel expenses as it currently spends around US$120mn a year on beer transportation fuel costs.
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Anheuser-Busch hopes to use the trucks for shipments to wholesalers within 150 to 200 miles of its brewery locations - well-within the 500-mile range promised by Elon Musk.
The new Semi trucks will form a small fraction of the brewers fleet of 750 trucks which bear the company’s branding but are owned and managed by outside carriers.
It has not been determined whether Anheuser-Busch will buy or lease the hauling vehicles but its order reserves the vehicles for the company.
Anheuser-Busch ordered the 40 vehicles for an undisclosed dollar amount. They will be fully electric and equipped with Tesla’ semi-autonomous autopilot system.
The brewer is among a few companies in the food, drink and grocery sector that are interested in the new Tesla trucks.
Walmart has reportedly reserved 15 Semis, and food distributor Sysco ordered 50 of the new trucks this week.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.