Online food delivery service Bite Squad is looking to replace its fleet of Toyota Prius delivery cars with the Tesla Model 3 within the next few years. The food delivery startup plans to test the mass market compact sedan later this year, and if the Model 3 meets the company’s expectations, Bite Squad will be fully transitioning its fleet of hybrid delivery cars to the all-electric compact sedan.
Bite Squad’s Model 3 announcement was posted on the company’s blog earlier this month, with CEO Kian Salehi stating that Tesla’s latest automobile can play an important function within the firm’s purpose of getting a totally emissions-free fleet. At the moment, Chew Squad, which operates on 30 markets throughout the US, makes use of a fleet of Toyota Priuses for its meals deliveries. Whereas the hybrids present nice gasoline economic system, nonetheless, the Chew Squad CEO said that the all-electric Mannequin three may present a fair cleaner, greener choice.
“Our present hybrid vehicles considerably lower emissions, however an all-electric fleet can be fully emissions-free. That is the place we wish to be.
“Once we launched in 2012, the purpose was to cut back the environmental influence of our fleet through the use of as many hybrid autos as we may. The purpose is identical at the moment, however the know-how has modified. We now have a chance to additional scale back our influence with an reasonably priced battery-powered automotive.”
Chew Squad’s Toyota Prius fleet at the moment includes roughly 10% of the corporate’s supply autos. The remainder of the vehicles deployed for the service are owned by Chew Squad’s drivers, who use their private autos to ship meals to clients.
In an announcement to the Star Tribune, Craig Key, Chew Squad’s VP for advertising, famous that the Mannequin three may give the corporate nice advantages and financial savings in the long term. Whereas the mass market electrical compact sedan is dearer than a Toyota Prius, its all-electric drivetrain fully negates gasoline bills and reduces upkeep prices.
Key additional famous that the meals supply startup is wanting ahead to the rollout of the Mannequin three’s full self-driving capabilities. Whereas the VP did state driverless meals supply service shouldn’t be within the firm’s plans for the close to future, the autonomous options of the Mannequin three would seemingly scale back the variety of accidents that its autos shall be concerned in on the street.
“We expect it may very well be a giant game-changer for us each by way of value and legal responsibility and security,” the Chew Squad VP stated.
For now, nonetheless, Key said that similar to all different Mannequin three reservation holders, the corporate is simply ready for Tesla to ship its electrical vehicles. Chew Squad positioned reservations for the electrical automotive final yr, and whereas their autos’ supply dates had been initially set to late 2018, the next delays within the manufacturing ramp-up of the Mannequin three would seemingly push the supply dates of the corporate’s new vehicles properly into 2019.
As we famous in a earlier article, Tesla has adjusted its expectations for the ramp-up of Mannequin three deliveries through the California-based electrical automotive agency’s This autumn 2017 supply report, with CEO Elon Musk shifting the 5,000 every week manufacturing purpose to the tip of the second quarter. The 5,000-unit-per-week purpose was initially set for the tip of 2017.
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