Deliveroo has revealed an early Christmas present to the residents of London, as the company has said that it will start to trial electric scooters to reduce the noise and air pollution in 2018.
The meal delivery company has said that its riders in the capital will be able to rent electric-powered bikes and scooters early next year “at a reduced cost compared to market price.”
Meanwhile, 300 Deliveroo-branded electric bikes will be made available to cyclists during the spring, which will speed up delivery times meaning that riders can theoretically be able to earn more.
“Deliveroo hopes to have a significant proportion of e-powered vehicles in its fleet over time, which will mean we not only bring you the best food but will get it to you quicker and more quietly,” stated Dan Warne, the general manager of Deliveroo for UK and Ireland.
“Deliveroo takes pride in being at the forefront of innovation, and takes seriously our responsibility to protect and enhance the environment in which we work.”
The company has stated that if the trial is proven to be effective in reducing the noise and emissions, and is popular with the riders, then it will roll the said programme out more widely.
For the e-scooters, the company is expecting to work with an as-yet-unnamed specialist producer to have the vehicles made available during the first quarter of next year.
The company added that these would be eligible for a low-emissions grant from the government, which pays for 20 percent of the purchase price up to a maximum of £1,500.
The e-bike programme is said to be a little more adaptable. Firstly, Deliveroo is set to partner with ETT Industries which will produce the 300-strong fleet of branded electric bikes for spring. Riders will be able to rent these at a reduced price directly from ETT, either on a daily or a weekly basis.
Secondly, Deliveroo said that it aims to work with producers of a device which can be attached to normal bicycles in order to make them electric. Various riders have already tried them, and they have delivered positive feedback, said the firm, and it anticipates to roll them out from May with 40 percent off.