Seven-month-old hyperlocal logistics startup Roadrunnr is piloting the use of electric scooters to make delivery runs. The company is testing the service with 15 scooters and plans to scale up the service to 100 vehicles this month.
The electric scooters have been sourced from Bangalore-based Go GreenBOV, come with a 10-year warranty and have inbuilt GPS. Roadrunnr says using electric scooters has helped reduced fuel costs from Rs 300 to Rs 10 per day.
Currently most delivery executives utilize their own vehicles, but the scheme will allow Roadrunnr to onboard delivery personnel without bikes. Further, each electric scooter has a range of 120 km and even the initial cost of buying them is reduced through government subsidies of up to Rs 29,000.
Roadrunnr raised $11 million in Series A funding led by Sequoia Capital, Nexus Venture Partners and Blume Ventures in July 2015. The company is now expanding its service to more cities, growing its delivery network and enhancing its technology.