Anheuser-Busch just bought 800 fuel cell Nikola trucks

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On a quarterly financial call Wednesday afternoon, Tesla CEO Elon Musk briefly spoke about a new lawsuit filed by Nikola Motor Company, a Salt Lake City-based hydrogen fuel cell truck startup. Musk said it was a "laughable lawsuit from some company called 'Nikola.'"

Now Anheuser-Busch, one of the largest beer producers in the US and a subsidiary of multinational conglomerate AB InBev, announced that it would buy a sizable 800 hydrogen fuel cell trucks from Nikola Motor company to be delivered between 2020 and 2025. Like Tesla, Nikola has yet to deliver a zero-tailpipe-emissions truck to a customer. Unlike Tesla, the company has not yet delivered any kind of mass-produced vehicle to a customer at all.

But the promise of fast refuelling and nearly 1,200 miles of range on a stack of hydrogen-charged lithium batteries has freight companies willing to bet on the technology. In the lawsuit it filed this week against Tesla, Nikola said it had already received pre-orders for 7,000 trucks. It's hard to tell if that number is inflated, though.

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