Domino’s is adding a saucy new flavor to its service. And no, we don’t mean something of the spicy tomato variety. After a successful 2019 pilot test of pizza delivery via e-bikes, Domino’s is leveling up, giving its drivers a new fleet of electric vehicles.
The chain’s 2019 e-bike program was focused on improving delivery times. Considering that Domino’s has a “30 minutes or it’s free” policy on select orders, time is of the essence when it comes to delivery.
Domino’s is aiming for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, which means that they will only emit as much carbon into the atmosphere as they can take out. EVs, like the 800 Chevy Bolts the company acquired for its electric delivery fleet, do not emit carbon gas, making them a positive step toward a healthier atmosphere.
Because the introduction of e-bikes eliminated the need for a driver’s license, Domino’s was able to choose employees from a wider pool of candidates.
The new EVs will solve a different problem. In a year of sky-high gas prices, pizza delivery drivers have been especially suffering, as many of them have to pay for their own fuel. Since charging an EV is approximately 3.5 times cheaper than filling up with gas, the cost savings could be huge.
“Domino’s has always been on the cutting edge of pizza delivery and electric delivery cars make sense as vehicle technology continues to evolve,” Russell Weiner, Domino’s CEO, said in a press release. “We’ve made a commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and this is one way we can begin reducing our environmental impact, one delivery at a time.
Electric vehicles are healthier for the planet, but they’re good for consumers too. In addition to cheaper energy costs, EVs also typically have advanced safety features and reduced maintenance costs.