Domino’s Pizza is introducing electric vehicles (EVs) to its pizza-delivery fleet.
- In an effort to recruit more delivery drivers, Domino’s Pizza has signed a deal with General Motors to introduce EVs into the chain’s delivery fleet.
- The pizza industry has been hurting for delivery drivers this year—mostly due to the extremely high prices of gas and cars in general.
- To bring in more drivers who might not have a car or can’t afford gas Domino’s has purchased 800 Domino’s-branded Chevrolet Bolts for 37 of its stores and hundreds of its U.S. franchisees.
Why it’s news
EVs are taking over the roads as many people are opting for the greener option of vehicle and that includes—Domino’s Pizza.
In the last year Domino’s—and the pizza sector as a whole—has been suffering from a delivery driver shortage. In an effort to overcome the shortage Domino’s is purchasing 800 Chevrolet Bolt’s for delivery drivers to use.
By purchasing the cars it opens up the delivery driver position to anyone who doesn’t have a car but would like to drive for the company. Not only that, but it will save the company from paying for gas and limit the carbon emissions put off by gas powered delivery cars.
“We’ve got a long way to go, but we will have the biggest fleet of electric vehicles in the pizza industry, period,” Domino’s Chief Executive Russell Weiner says.
Other businesses going electric
Domino’s isn’t the only company electrifying its fleet.
FedEx is attempting to be completely carbon neutral by 2040 by introducing EVs into its delivery fleet and introducing e-cargo bikes. The bikes are electric and come equipped with a big carrier attached to the front for letters and packages.
Amazon is also working to go electric. Rivian Automotive and Mercedes-Benz have partnered to build all-electric commercial vehicles for both companies and Amazon is already on the order list.
Amazon made an order for 100,000 vans from Rivian to add to the delivery fleet.