Deliveroo testing e-bikes in London

UK based takeaway delivery specialist Deliveroo has announced it is to trial using a fleet of electric scooters around London.

Under the scheme, Deliveroo will rent out the electric scooters to its riders at what it says is ”at a reduced cost compared to market price”.

In addition Deliveroo is going to roll out 300 company branded e-bikes in the coming spring.

“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,” Deliveroo’s general manager for UK and Ireland Dan Warne was quoted as saying.

There are a number of wins for Deliveroo going electric. Riders are less tired and can complete longer shifts at a similar pace to the shorter shifts they do on standard machines, and can ultimately carry higher payloads while doing so. This can mean a team of riders is smaller and cheaper for the company. They are also appealing to the company’s ‘green image’ in that they are zero emissions.