Reducing the emission of particulate matter is one of the priorities of the Municipality of Amersfoort, in The Netherlands. A major contributor to the emission of particulates are the food delivery services on their fuel scooters. Solution: the Silence electric scooter.
Elske van de Fliert, CEO of Zero-E and Vincent ter Maat, CEO Mobility & You, were brought in as experts. They were given the task to advise the Municipality of Amersfoort on the issue of emissions of the fuel scooters. Their suggestion: buy an electric scooter s02 and make it available for several entrepreneurs from Amersfoort. “Many companies see the investment of such an electric scooter as a problem. There is some hesitation about e-scooters. There are a lot of prejudices about safety, speed and range”, Vincent ter Maat says. He is co-founder of Mobility & You, a mobility provider that specializes in the field of electric vehicles. “So we said, what if the Municipality buys an electric scooter so that entrepreneurs can try an e-scooter for free. That way we can perhaps dispel the prejudices.”
Free test ride
In order to perform the test with the e-scooter, a Silence scooter was purchased. The Silence scooter is an electric scooter that has a special version for delivery services and couriers. Ter Maat: “The decision to use a Silence e-scooter was made because a combination of availability and quality. We needed a scooter that could be delivered quickly. Besides that, I also wanted a decent scooter with a big range. A scooter that felt good and safe.” And so a Silence scooter was purchased. Entrepreneurs from Amersfoort received a letter with the question if they were interested to participate in a test with the e-scooter. Ten entrepreneurs reacted and are allowed to test the scooter for two weeks. For free. “The only thing an entrepreneur needs to do in return is that they have to fill out a survey twice.”
“The food delivery is mainly pizzerias and snack bars,” says Ter Maat. He stickers the scooters every two weeks with the company’s logo. “At present, the second contractor is almost finished with the test. So we haven’t got a lot of feedback yet, but some early reactions are very positive. Especially about the reduction in fuel costs. “But entrepreneurs also see other positive aspects of the electric scooter. “Many entrepreneurs store their scooters at night in the shop. Because of that the shop smelled like petrol. With the e-scooter this problem is history. Moreover, the scooter can be charged at that time, so there is no need to charge the scooter during the day. “Out of curiosity Ter Maat recently ordered himself something from the entrepreneur who had the scooter. “The girl who gave the sandwich, told me that she prefers to drive the Silence.”
The tests are carried out by meal deliverers. “But I can imagine other companies, like real estate agents, using the scooters as well,” says Ter Maat. The entrepreneurs who have tested the scooter have experienced the convenience of electric vehicles. “Other key reasons to drive electric scooters are noise- and odor-reduction and of course the environment. But also financially it can be advantageous. If you take the purchase amount, fuel savings, tax benefits and other costs in consideration, I believe an electric scooter for an entrepreneur is cheaper than a fuel scooter.”
After an entrepreneur ends a two week test Ter Maat informs them about the purchase of electric scooters. “I offer them all the information on purchasing an electric scooter and give them a price proposal. And of course we hope that the entrepreneurs eventually make the switch to electric.”