Food delivery services have revolutionised the traditional takeaway model. Consumer uptake of food-delivery apps like UberEats has surged in recent years, but especially after the disruption of COVID-19. But what does this mean for the future of our planet?
Despite the freedom it affords the average consumer, the popularity of food delivery means more vehicles are on our roads more frequently, which is impacting our already-fragile environment. That’s why Zoomo is determined to create an eco-friendly future for food delivery. Here’s how.
Food delivery became a staple of life for many of us during the coronavirus pandemic. As such, delivery apps have become incredibly important not just for the customers, but for business owners and investors as well. DoorDash recently filed for an initial public offering, and earnings reports from some of the biggest delivery players like Uber, Grubhub and Postmates have made it clear that the pandemic was hugely beneficial for the industry at large.
In Australia for example, contactless delivery options were quickly instituted across the top food-service apps – from UberEats to Deliveroo and everything in between. This gave consumers greater peace of mind that they could enjoy their takeaway food in a socially distanced setting, while still patronising their favourite restaurants who were doing it tough. Plus, the ability to receive not just takeaway but also groceries and even medicine from food-delivery services made the whole process easier.
Weighing against these positives, however, is the long-term environmental impact. Such a significant surge in demand for food delivery means we need to find new ways to address its fundamental problem: the vehicles themselves.
High orders means more deliveries. More deliveries mean a need for more drivers. With increased food-delivery drivers on the road, that means greater fuel usage, further congestion, and more pollution seeping out into our atmosphere.
Through the power of light electric vehicles, Zoomo intends to overcome this environmental threat without impacting the public’s huge reliance on food-delivery services. Here’s why electric bikes will be a key part of food delivery’s future.
1. Zero emissions
The vast majority of cars, trucks and motorbikes you see on the road will run on either diesel or petrol, both of which release carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Light electric vehicles don’t. By running on clean battery energy, light electric vehicles and smart e-bikes like those developed by Zoomo are helping to prevent the release of roughly 500 pounds of carbon emissions.
2. Reduced pollution
Pollution – especially visible smog – is a growing problem that plagues almost every major city. It causes respiratory damage and has long-term health implications for many, which is why people in busy urban areas are turning to e-bikes. They are zero-emission vehicles that don’t pollute the air or clog up the roads.
3. Better batteries
Not only do Zoomo e-bikes boast long-lasting batteries that can keep running for up to nine hours (with an 80km range), they are also far better for the environment than batteries in other food-delivery vehicles like cars and motorbikes.
One benefit of owning and riding an e-bike is that it produces little waste, thereby reducing your carbon footprint. Yes, e-bikes have a battery that must eventually be replaced, like cars. However, e-bike batteries are long-lasting, don’t need to be replaced for many years and can even be recycled. Most e-bike batteries are also lithium ion and don’t contain lead – this is far better for the environment than car batteries.
4. It’s just smarter
Zoomo makes zipping around the city and tight streets so much easier than driving. There’s the GPS for quick navigation, hydraulic disc brakes, integrated rear rack for food deliveries, fast-charge capabilities and a built-in motor lock that makes them virtually unstealable.
There’s also the financial difference between a smart e-bike like Zoomo and a car. Not only is the upfront price point far different, but there’s lower maintenance costs and no need to pay for fuel. The speed of an e-bike also means it’s the best way to get around a busy and congested city. Plus its size and accessibility make it quick and easy to park.
For food-delivery workers, an e-bike just makes good sense.
Find out more about how e-bikes are making the world a better place at our Zoomo blog. You can also check out our range of smart bikes – perfect for everyone from food-delivery drivers to the everyday commuter.