Domino’s is preparing to deploy more than 800 all-electric pizza delivery vehicles in the coming months, starting with more than 100 of those in November. The company went with the compact Chevy Bolt EV and packaged the vehicles with custom branding, but no other bells and whistles — just combustion-free deliveries (via electricity).
Domino is getting a fleet of 855 new electric vehicles, to be exact, and while that’s not enough to reach all 6,135 pizzerias in the U.S., it’s more than the Chevy Spark-based (gas version) vehicles it’s custom built pizza warming oven doors in 2015. They were called the Domino’s DXP and only 155 were made. For the new Bolts, drivers will have to toss the HeatWave bags in the back seat just like any other car.
The Domino’s Bolts will be delivered from select franchise and corporate stores in the US. “Electric delivery vans make sense as vehicle technology continues to evolve,” said a statement from Domino’s CEO Russell Weiner. The fleet of ready-to-use vehicles could also help attract some new employees to Dominos: While some locations are already providing delivery vehicles, many are asking them to bring their own.
Chevy Bolt EVs are capable of 250 miles on a single charge, and since most stores only serve their local areas, the company believes each car can handle multiple delivery days without needing to be plugged in. GM also slashed prices for the 2023 model to a starting price of $26,595, making it one of the most affordable EVs on the market – even if you factor in pesky dealer marks. Domino’s partnered with Enterprise Fleet Management to handle procurement, maintenance and other logistics.
Domino’s has a website with a map where you can see when and where the new EV vans are or will be active. Surprisingly, none are yet operating in EV-heavy states like California, and none in Houston, where Domino’s currently employs self-driving Nuro delivery vehicles.