Going Greener With an All-Electric Fleet
We kind of like green here at Bite Squad. You may have noticed: from our green-and-white Bite-mobiles circling the cities and suburbs, to our hundreds of green-clad drivers, our affinity for this verdant hue is evident.
This year we’re looking to go a little greener, in an eco-friendly kind of way. We’ll be test driving the Tesla Model 3 in our home-office market of Minneapolis, Minnesota – a first step in an effort to transition our existing hybrid-electric fleet to fully electric vehicles in the coming years.
“On an average day, we have delivery drivers navigating thousands of food deliveries through the streets of 30 metropolitan markets across the country,” said Bite Squad co-founder and CEO Kian Salehi. “Our existing hybrid cars significantly cut emissions, but an all-electric fleet would be completely emissions-free. This is where we want to be.”
“Our existing hybrid cars significantly cut emissions, but an all-electric fleet would be completely emissions-free. This is where we want to be.” – Kian Salehi, CEO
Among our delivery areas, Bite Squad currently deploys a hybrid-electric fleet of hundreds of Toyota Prius automobiles, supplementing our squad of employee drivers’ personal vehicles.
“We’re always looking for ways to implement advancing technologies in our company,” said Salehi. “When we launched in 2012, the goal was to reduce the environmental impact of our fleet by using as many hybrid vehicles as we could. The goal is the same today, but the technology has changed. We now have an opportunity to further reduce our impact with an affordable battery-powered car.”
The Tesla Model 3 has an EPA-rated all-electric range of 220 miles. It offers semi self-driving capabilities with Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot system, and will eventually have full self-driving capability with software updates promised to be rolled out over time. According to Salehi, the self-driving feature is a big draw, and a considerable factor in the decision to test the Model 3. “Automated cars are the future of food delivery,” he said.
Testing the groundbreaking Tesla Model 3 emphasizes Bite Squad’s commitment to leverage the latest in technology for a convenient and valuable delivery experience. And of course, it underscores our adoration for all things green!