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Anheuser-Busch & BYD Launch North America’s Largest Electric Class 8 Fleet
October 2nd, 2019  Kyle Field

Anheuser-Busch BYD electric truck

Anheuser-Busch is starting to dip its toes into the electrification of its
fleets with the purchase of a staggering 21 fully electric Class 8 trucks
from BYD.

The new trucks will hit the streets in Anheuser-Busch’s California fleet as
part of a state-led project to explore sustainable warehousing and
distribution transportation options. The new vehicles constitute the largest
Class 8 fully electric truck deployment in North America and will prove to
the world that fully electric trucks can hold their own in real fleets in
real applications.

The 21 second generation BYD 8TT Class 8 trucks will be put to use at 4 of
Anheuser-Busch’s Southern California distribution facilities in Sylmar,
Riverside, Pomona, and Carson. As the name implies, the new ‘The Zero
Emission Beverage Handling and Distribution at Scale‘ project aims to test
the capabilities and limitations of fully electric Class 8 vehicles in
beverage handling applications at a larger scale than has previously been
tested. For the last few years, BYD has partnered with numerous agencies and
private companies on pilots of its heavy trucks, but this new project
increases the scale significantly by adding far more vehicles and more
locations than have been previously tested.

$5.5 million in funding for the project came from the California Air
Resources Board (CARB) through the Center for Transportation and the
Environment (CTE) CTE has been tasked with keeping the nuts and bolts of the
projects intact by providing project management services for the project to
ensure it delivers the scope on time, at quality, and on budget. Matching
funds of $5.8 million were also put up by stakeholders for a total project
cost of $11,326,169.

“With this exciting project, Anheuser-Busch is providing a real-world
demonstration of the future for moving goods and products throughout
California,” said Richard Corey, Executive Officer at the California Air
Resources Board. “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.”

BYD and Anheuser-Busch partnered with a local team from ENGIE to lead the
design and installation of the necessary charging infrastructure at all four
facilities. This is an area where fleet applications of electric vehicles
differ significantly from their passenger vehicle counterparts as high power
charging solutions can be custom tailored to meet the needs of the business
to deliver charging where needed, and how it is needed.

BYD Anheuser-Busch Engie

The project not only includes the necessary scope for the vehicles
themselves, but also looks at the electricity needed to power the vehicles.
ENGIE will be installing a 958.5 kW solar array at the Carson site which
will help power the local facility and offset some of the power needed to
charge the new vehicles.

“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,” said Angie Slaughter, Vice President of Sustainability
Procurement at Anheuser-Busch. “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 initiative kicked into high gear when BYD delivered an initial truck to
Anheuser-Busch for demonstration purposes the week of April 15th. The
vehicle has been fully inspected and vetted to confirm that it met the needs
of the client before the remainder of the trucks were built and delivered to

Upgrading the 21 trucks from traditional diesel Class 8 trucks to a fully
electric trucks from BYD is estimated to eliminate 910 metric tons of CO2
per year. That’s like pulling 200 passenger vehicles off the road. It’s not
going to change the world by itself, but the results of a successful
completion of the project have the potential to have far reaching
ramifications in the beverage transportation and distribution space and
beyond. CARB is already expecting the project to be replicated across the
state as fleets work to electrify their fleets to improve local air quality,
slash CO2E emissions, and save money by electrifying their fleets.

“This project represents a huge step forward in integrating clean energy and
clean transportation to realize the full environmental benefits of battery
electric vehicles,” said Joel Donham, an Engineering Consultant at CTE. “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.”

Stakeholders are currently expecting to have the full fleet of 21 BYD
electric Class 8 trucks in operation by the end of 2019 with the project
running through early 2021. Over that time, data will be collected to
validate initial project assumptions including emissions, cost savings, and
vehicle performance.
[© cleantechnica.com]

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