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Anheuser-Busch preorders 40 Tesla Semis

Angelica LaVito
The Tesla Semi may be more expensive up front but may be significantly cheaper over time than diesels, Piper Jaffray says.

Anheuser-Busch has placed an order for 40 Tesla Semi trucks, the American division of mega-brewer AB InBev announced Thursday.

The beer maker said its preorder is one of the largest placed for the long-awaited model that Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled last month. Tesla isn't making public statements about its customers or potential customers, although's list of compiled reports shows Tesla has at least 140 Semis preordered. Walmart ordered 15 last month .

The move is part of Anheuser-Busch's goal to reduce its operational carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2025. To be sure, 40 trucks would represent a fraction of the 750 total in the fleet they would be included in, according to The Wall Street Journal.

"At Anheuser-Busch, we are constantly seeking new ways to make our supply chain more sustainable, efficient, and innovative," James Sembrot, senior director of logistics strategy, said in a statement. "This investment in Tesla semi-trucks helps us achieve these goals while improving road safety and lowering our environmental impact."

Anheuser-Busch's semitrailers will be fully electric and equipped with Tesla's semi-autonomous pilot system.

Shares of Tesla were up fractionally Thursday.