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Nikola Kicks Off Hydrogen Truck Tests With Pre-Super Bowl Beer Runs For Anheuser-Busch

• Forbes

Electric truckmaker Nikola Corp., which recently started delivering its first battery-powered semis, is showing off its longer-range hydrogen-fueled models by hauling beer for Anheuser-Busch around Los Angeles ahead of this weekend's Super Bowl LVI

The Phoenix-based company, along with BYD Motors, is making zero-emission deliveries of Bud Light NEXT, a new carb-free beer the brewing giant is promoting prior to the championship game. A Nikola Tre fuel cell big rig will load up with the beer at Anheuser-Busch's Van Nuys brewery and transport it to a distribution center in Carson, California. From there battery-powered BYD 8TT model trucks will haul the beer to bars and stores around Los Angeles. 

Anheuser-Busch is the biggest potential buyer of Nikola trucks, reserving hundreds of hydrogen-powered models since 2018 as part of efforts to convert its entire fleet to zero-emission models. Commercial production of Nikola hydrogen trucks hasn't begun, though Anheuser-Busch is testing two in the Los Angeles area–taking advantage of incentives from California for zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles.