iFood officially presented its electric motorcycle, created in partnership with Voltz. Intended for platform delivery people, the iFood electric motorcycle is based on the EVS Work, a professional use model from Voltz, but characterized with the platform’s colors and logo. The bike will be sold for R$9,999.90, practically half the amount charged by EVS, with a battery, sold for R$19,990.
In addition to having a promotional price, the iFood electric motorcycle can be purchased through a financing line with differentiated conditions, through the BV bank. The bank also offers a subsidy of R$2,000 for the first 300 motorcycles that are financed – upon approval of credit and user -, that is, in this case, the motorcycle costs less than R$8,000.
The attractive price of the EVS Work iFood, however, does not include the batteries – which cost about 40% of the value of electric bikes. Deliverers who purchase the iFood electric motorcycle will have to sign up for a battery replacement plan. Subscription fees range from R$129, for a 2,000 km per month franchise, to R$319, for mileage and unlimited battery replacement.
In practice, the user does not own the battery, he uses it as a service (Battery as a Service) in a network of quick-swap stations, which is being created by Voltz. At the moment, there are already 33 exchange stations in 19 Ipiranga stations in the capital of São Paulo, but Voltz’s plan is to reach 100 stations this year. All to serve the more than 10,000 electric motorcycles that iFood intends to put on the street by the end of 2023.
How is the iFood electric bike
In addition to being sold without batteries, the EVS Work iFood has a simpler finish than the conventional EVS. At the front, it has a single disc brake, a conventional scale, with two arms, at the rear, and a digital panel is LCD and not TFT, as in the EVS.
According to Lucas Vitale, strategic account manager at Voltz Motors, EVS was also reinforced to meet the needs of couriers. Another difference is that the final speed is 85 km/h, against the 120 km/h of the “normal” EVS – but, if the delivery person wishes, it will be possible to unlock this limitation. After all, the engine and batteries are the same, as well as the autonomy, which can reach 180 kilometers.
How does battery replacement work?
Just like consumers, couriers will control their motorcycle through the “Hello Voltz” app. In addition to information about the motorcycle, such as battery charge and consumption, the smartphone app shows the location of the battery stations and serves to release the exchange that, according to the companies, should take less than 1 minute.
Battery replacement subscription plans range from R$129/month with a deductible for 2,000 km to R$319 per month for unlimited mileage and exchanges. Although they do not own the batteries, couriers will be able to take them home and charge them at common outlets. Recharging takes five to six hours with the charger that is sold with the bike.
Another very interesting feature for couriers in São Paulo, where the motorcycles will be available, initially, is the GPS location. As they are connected to the cloud, the bikes are monitored remotely and their location is shown in the app. In the event of a suspicious movement, when they park the motorcycle, the couriers will receive an alert and will have the option to lock the wheels, which will prevent theft.
Savings can reach 70%
After carrying out tests in the city of São Paulo with 30 delivery people from the platform, it was verified that the exchange of a combustion motorcycle for an electric one generates a real cost reduction for the realization of deliveries. According to iFood and Voltz, a delivery person who travels 3,000 km per month has a monthly cost of around R$ 610 with fuel (considering a liter of gasoline at R$ 7.10).
With the electric motorcycle, this cost becomes a fixed amount, taking into account the battery replacement system developed in this project, generating savings of more than 60% for the delivery person in fuel alone. If it is taken into account the maintenance of the motorcycle, the monthly amount of expenses can fall, on average, 70%, according to the companies.
Although it needs less maintenance than a combustion motorcycle, as there are no expenses with oil changes, ratio or mandatory revisions, the Voltz electric motorcycle needs to undergo a check-up periodically, every 5,000 km. This review, according to the brand, costs R$100 at its store in São Paulo and about R$160 at accredited workshops.
Delivery people interested in purchasing the EVS Work iFood electric motorcycle need to access the partnership’s website and fill out a form to signal their interest in purchasing. Reinforcing that, for now, electric motorcycles are only available for delivery men in the city of São Paulo.