Domino’s pizza embraces electric motorbike delivery
When New Zealand moved from level 4 to level 3 on April 28, fast food restaurants all over the country were overwhelmed with demand for takeaways.
In mid-April, preparing for re-opening, Domino’s began searching for 1000 new team members. Back then Domino’s New Zealand General Manager Cameron Toomey said “Based on an increase in deliveries pre-lockdown and examining trends around the world, we anticipate an increased level of deliveries once we open again, as many people remain at home.”
Domino’s also realised that increased demand for deliveries and a growing team would drive the requirement for more delivery vehicles. With several UBCO 2X2 electric motorbikes already performing well in their fleet, Domino’s approached New Zealand based electric vehicle manufacturer UBCO about supply possibilities.
Cameron Toomey says: “The UBCO bikes have several advantages over cars when it comes to deliveries. They are faster through heavy traffic, parking isn’t an issue, they’re cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly. Our delivery teams safely deliver thousands of pizzas each week and we see the UBCO bikes as an important part of our fleet going forward.”
UBCO CEO, Timothy Allan says: “It’s pretty satisfying watching the bikes growing in use within the Domino’s fleet and replacing other traditional combustion vehicles. Our bikes are reducing Domino’s environmental footprint and at the same time, delivering quickly and more safely. It’s also exciting to work with such a progressive brand like Domino’s that innovate in all facets of their business”
The UBCO 2X2 is not your standard electric bike. UBCO has, in effect, created a new category of vehicle called a ‘Utility Bike’. Originally developed for off-road use the utility bike has drawn an increasing following for on-road use in a variety of sectors such as commuting, prepared food and grocery delivery, postal and freight.