Domino’s Pizza is investing in electric cars. An attempt to overcome the shortage of workers
Domino’s Pizza is investing in electric cars. This attempt is to overcome the worker shortage that has hampered cake deliveries across the industry this year. Under the agreement, more than 800 all-electric pizza delivery vehicles will be put into service in the coming months, starting with more than 100 of them in November. The company opted for the compact Chevy Bolt EV and is wrapping the vehicles with custom branding, but no other bells and whistles, just non-combustion deliveries.
“Domino’s has always been at the forefront of pizza delivery, and electric delivery cars make sense as vehicle technology continues to evolve,” Russell Weiner, Domino’s CEO, said in a news release. “We have committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and this is one way we can begin to reduce our environmental impact, one delivery at a time.”
“We have a long way to go, but we will have the largest fleet of electric vehicles in the pizza industry, period.” Domino’s CEO Russell Weiner told the Wall Street Journal in an interview.
Domino’s will have a fleet of 855 new electric vehicles, to be exact, and while that’s not enough to reach the 6,135 pizzerias in the US, it’s more than the Chevy Sparks (gasoline version) it built with oven doors. to heat pizza in 2015. They were called Domino’s DXP, and only 155 of them were made. For the new Bolts, drivers will need to toss HeatWave bags in the back seat just like any other car.
According to Mr. Weiner, electric vehicles should help the company attract drivers who have other job options or who lack wheels. Those factors have affected Domino’s business, he said. The new vehicles will also further the company’s environmental goals by reducing carbon dioxide emissions produced by traditional gasoline-powered cars. This move is part of the broader adoption of electric vehicles by American businesses. Amazon.com Inc. has said it plans to roll out a fleet of electric vehicles, FedEx Corp. has started operating electric vans and Tesla Inc. said it plans to deliver its first electric semi-truck to PepsiCo Inc. next week. Uber Technologies Inc., which has struggled with its own driver shortage, is also pushing electric vehicles.
Chevy Bolt EVs are capable of 259 miles on a single charge, and considering most stores only serve their local areas, the company believes each car could last several days of deliveries without needing to be plugged in. GM has also lowered prices on the 2023 model to a starting price of $26,595, making it one of the most affordable EVs on the market, even accounting for pesky dealer markups. Domino’s partnered with Enterprise Fleet Management to handle purchasing, maintenance and other logistics.
In a joint statement with Domino’s, General Motors vice president of fleet Ed Peper said both companies were committed to “improving our environment.” He added that GM plans to eliminate tailpipe emissions from U.S. light-duty vehicles by 2035. In 2019, Domino’s launched a test program through which delivery drivers used custom electric bikes for deliveries in order to reduce emissions and save on gasoline costs. The company said the program increased its contracting pool and improved overall delivery service.
Domino’s has a website with a map where you can see when and where the new EV delivery vehicles are or will be active. Surprisingly, there are still none active in EV-heavy states like California, and none in Houston, where Domino’s has Nuro autonomous delivery cars currently in service.
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