Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser beer, has ordered a fleet of 40 electric-powered trucks from Tesla, Reuters reports. The Tesla Semi truck will help the brewer reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions, it said yesterday. Revealed last month, production of the Semi will start in 2019, Tesla says.

“At Anheuser-Busch, we are constantly seeking new ways to make our supply chain more sustainable, efficient, and innovative. This investment in Tesla semi-trucks helps us achieve these goals while improving road safety and lowering our environmental impact,” said James Sembrot, senior director of logistics strategy at Anheuser-Busch, the US subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the world’s biggest brewer.

The company plans to use the Tesla Semi trucks for shipments to wholesalers within the 800 km range promised by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

According to Reuters, this is one of the largest publicly announced orders Tesla has received for its electric truck. A range of trucking, grocery, and retail companies have reserved at least 117 units of the Semi, including Anheuser-Busch’s 40, the news agency calculates. The actual figure could be higher because fleet operator J.B. Hunt Transport Services said it ordered some Semis without providing a specific number.

Big companies that have also put in orders include Wal-Mart, Germany’s DHL, and Fortigo Freight Services Inc, one of Canada’s largest fleet management companies.

The Semi is powered by four independent electric motors on the rear axles, and will go from a rest to 96 km/h (0-60 mph) in just five seconds. Of course, this is without a trailer hitched to it, but Tesla says with a full 36,287 kg (80,000 pound) load, its truck will complete the sprint in 20 seconds. Tesla claims that this is three times faster than a regular diesel truck.

Tesla says that it will introduce Megachargers, a new high-speed DC charging system that is said to provide 644 km (400 miles) of range in just 30 minutes. These will be installed at strategic points and along heavily trafficked routes, enabling recharging during loading, unloading, and driver breaks.

The Palo Alto-based company, known for its Model S sedan, says the Semi is a more cost-efficient solution for fleet owners, with claimed fuel savings of more than US$200,000 over a million miles. The Semi, which will have Enhanced Autopilot, is claimed to consume less than 2 kWh of energy per mile, and is capable of 500 miles (800 km) of range at highway speed.