Anheuser-Busch ordering 800 hydrogen-powered semis from Nikola Motors

The folks at Nikola Motors will be saying’ cheers’ to this.

Anheuser-Busch announced plans on Thursday to order up to 800 of the startup automaker’s electric semis, adding to the 8,000 reservations the company says it already has.

The news comes five months after the Budweiser brewer placed an order for just 40 of Tesla’s upcoming semis.

( Tesla/ Anheuser-Busch – FoxNews.com composite image)

“At Anheuser-Busch we’re endlessly searching for opportunities to improve sustainability across our entire value chain and drive our industry forward, ” told Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch in a press release. “The transport industry is one that is ripe for innovative solutions and Nikola is leading the route with hydrogen-electric, zero-emission abilities. We are very excited by the possibilities our partnership with them can offer.”

Unlike the battery-powered Tesla, which will have a maximum scope of up to 600 miles when it enters production, Nikola’s trucks use a hydrogen-powered gasoline cell to generate electricity that will allow them to drive 1,200 miles per fill-up.

Prices for the Nikolas are expected to run around $ 400,000 each, compared to $180,000 for the longest scope Tesla, but that includes 1,000, 000 miles worth of free hydrogen.

Nikola is scheduled to begin building its trucks in Buckeye, Ariz ., starting in late 2020, while Tesla has not yet firmed up plans for production of its truck.

Nikola and Tesla aren’t only locked in a semi-truck sales race, there’s also a legal combat brewing. Nikola recently filed a $ 2 billion infringement lawsuit against Tesla claiming it copied the patented design of its trucks. A Nikola spokeswoman told Fox News that it the company hadn’t heard a response yet, while a Tesla spokeswoman used to say “it’s patently obvious there is no merit to this lawsuit.”

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com’s Automotive Editor. Follow him on Twitter @garygastelu

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