Using a scooter for food delivery is an excellent way to do deliveries with apps like DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub. Indeed, a scooter (or ebike) is my preferred way of completing food deliveries. There are two reasons why I think using a scooter is a better option than a car for most people: (1) a scooter is faster than a car in an urban setting, and (2) I save money on gas and maintenance, which means I’m able to reduce my expenses. If you think of a scooter as an investment, it becomes an even better decision. A decent scooter isn’t that expensive and you can earn your money back fairly quickly depending on how much you work.
In this post, we’ll take a look at how I use a scooter for food delivery, the financial benefits of using a scooter, and some of the best scooters to use for food delivery based on my experience using different electric scooters.
Using A Scooter For Food Delivery
To begin, let’s start with why a scooter is a good option when it comes to food delivery.
If you’re working in a city, scooters often have a big advantage compared to cars since they can get through traffic, cut through areas that cars can’t get through, and go onto sidewalks and bike lanes – not to mention they don’t have to deal with parking. When you think about it, the best areas to work are usually downtown areas with a lot of traffic and limited parking. Using a scooter makes it much easier to avoid the traffic and parking problems that come with cars.
The scooters I recommend all have top speeds of around 20mph. Some high-powered scooters can hit speeds of 40mph even. In short, you can go plenty fast on most scooters, especially when you remember that you don’t have to deal with traffic.
If you want to use a scooter for food delivery, you’ll want to consider two things. First, you’ll want to use a scooter with enough range for the way you want to work. The longer you want to work, the more range you’ll need. If you’re just doing deliveries as a side hustle, a cheaper scooter with less range will probably be good enough.
Second, you’ll want to think about how you’ll carry your orders. Some people opt to attach baskets or crates to their scooters, but the easiest way to carry orders will probably be to get a good food delivery backpack. I have a backpack that I got from Uber Eats many years ago that has served me well. It has space for multiple orders and has dedicated drink holder spots in it. You’ll want to get a backpack with similar features.
The Financial Benefits Of Using A Scooter For Food Delivery
The financial benefits of using a scooter for food delivery are significant. Most people drastically underestimate the costs of operating their cars. Recent data from AAA has the yearly operating cost of a car at over $10,000 per year (or about $894 per month). The most obvious cost you’ll face with using a car is filling it up with gas. The more you drive, the more gas you’ll have to use. In addition, the more you drive, the more wear and tear you put on your car, which means your maintenance costs will go up.
Other costs of using a car are less obvious. Depreciation is a cost that most people don’t think about – that is, the value of your car goes down as it gets older and gets more miles on it. If you’re doing deliveries using your car, your car will become less valuable, which is a real cost that you’ll notice when you sell your car or trade it in later.
Finally, there are costs that become more likely the more you drive. Things like parking tickets, for example, might not happen regularly, but the chances of getting one increase the more you drive. Other costs, such as getting into a car crash, also increase as you drive more. These costs aren’t guaranteed, but the chances of having to pay a traffic or parking ticket will go up as you drive more.
In contrast, an electric scooter avoids many of these costs. Electricity costs for a scooter are essentially negligible. Maintenance on a scooter is also minimal, with most maintenance tasks being affordable. When you consider how expensive using a car is, not to mention the upfront cost of buying a car, an electric scooter can make a lot of sense. Even an expensive electric scooter will be thousands of dollars less expensive than operating a car.
Some Recommended Electric Scooters For Food Delivery
So, now that you know the benefits of using an electric scooter for food delivery, what are some scooters I recommend for food delivery? Here are a few that I personally use and have had a good experience with:
Varla Eagle One – The Varla Eagle One is an excellent high-powered electric scooter with a lot of range and speed. This scooter can get up to 40mph, but I usually ride it between 20-25mph. The range is good and I can use this scooter all day and cover plenty of ground before it runs low on battery. The price is also excellent.
Joyor Electric Scooters – Joyor is a scooter company that makes several electric scooters at an affordable price point. I don’t remember the exact model I have, but when I bought it, it cost around $700 and might be one of my best-value scooters for the price. What I really like about Joyor scooters is the range – all of them have excellent range, a good top speed, and are affordable.
Hiboy Scooters – Hiboy is one of my favorite companies, selling excellent ebikes and scooters at good price points. I use the Hiboy S2 and Hiboy S2R for shorter delivery runs (these scooters are very affordable but lack extended range, so they’re only good for quick delivery runs). Hiboy also sells more expensive high-powered electric scooters that can be used for longer delivery shifts.
Using a scooter for food delivery is an excellent way to reduce your expenses and increase your earnings. Whether it makes sense will, of course, depend on your market, but I’d say in many cities, using a scooter for food delivery will work better than using a car.
If you are thinking about using a scooter for food delivery, give it a try. The great thing is that scooters aren’t that expensive and if you use them for food delivery, you can earn your money back pretty quickly.