AB InBev has completed its first 100% electric and emission-free beer delivery to Brussels with the introduction of the Jupiler E-truck to its fleet.
The truck uses 100% green electricity from solar panels installed on the roof of AB InBev’s depot in Anderlecht.
The brewer aims to carry out all its urban deliveries with “low or zero emission” vehicles as part of its global commitment to achieve net zero across its entire chain by 2040.
AB InBev electric truck
The MAN Electric Truck used by AB InBev has a capacity of 160 autonomous kilometers which covers an average of ten Brussels companies in a single trip.
The vehicle is completely CO2 neutral, and its manufacturer MAN is about to switch the current energy supply of its production plants to green hydrogen (H2), so that the entire “Well to Wheel” achieves CO2 neutrality.
The vehicle is one of the first electric trucks marketed in Europe and rolls off the production line as an electric truck.
Until now, many electric vehicles have been converted diesel cars, making them less efficient and harder to scale.
Philippe Seminck, Logistics Director BeNeLux and France at AB InBev, said: “As a brewer who depends on natural ingredients, we consider it our responsibility to focus on reducing CO2 in order to achieve our goal. net zero.
“In the long term, for example, we want to move to a complete low-emission fleet in Brussels. We want to lead the way and inspire other companies.”
AB InBev is constantly testing different technologies in its quest to become a leader in green logistics and claims to be the first brewer to have an E-truck in Belgium.
Seminck added: “For short distances in city centers electric driving is the future, for long distances we are looking at technologies like hydrogen. From this year, we will no longer buy diesel trucks for Brussels.
“Our goal is to reach Net Zero by 2040 across our entire value chain, from farmer to consumer, logistics accounts for 10% of our emissions across the entire chain.”
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