The new generation of Domino’s delivery wheels have arrived, thanks to Chevy’s Bolt EV. With their history in pizza-delivery methods, we can’t help but think of their history; both in delivery vehicles and Chevrolets.
It’s safe to say that this is the best Domino’s delivery car yet, with a claimed EPA range of 416 km, 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque from permanent magnet motor sent to the front wheels, it’s capable of going 60 mph from a standstill in 6.5 seconds, with a top speed of 146 km/h. Enough to dash around and deliver them fresh before needing to recharge, while another is set to go. The lightning bolt graphics add flair to the white-red-blue palette of the brand. Only 100 of them are going to select Domino’s locations in November, but the rest will follow afterward. Fans can use an interactive map to see all the Bolts doing their work, and perhaps even see the progress of their deliveries in these mini zippers.
The switch to EVs is part of the company’s pledge to drop their carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050. Domino’s are also giving away two of the Chevys, though it is unspecified whether they’ll be receiving a similarly specced Bolt like theirs or a regular one. We suppose it’s the former; who knows what people could do with a Bolt that looks like an actual delivery vehicle? Regardless, ordering any pizza from November 21st, 2022 to February 23rd, 2023 will automatically grant a chance to win it. There’s an alternative entry via Instagram Reels or TikTok, which only requires you to show why you’re “pizza’s biggest fan” and including the hashtags #Contest and #DominosDeliversAChevy. Submissions start from the 21st of November 2022 to December 4th, 2022.
Domino’s and Chevrolet go way back with compact EVs, once having a similar lineup in 2015 with the Spark model, modified to store 80 (45 in reality) pizzas at full capacity and keep them warm. Dubbed the DXP (Delivery Expert), it’s an upfit that costs somewhere around $9000, but don’t expect any performance upgrades; the Spark retains its 84 hp, 83 lb-ft 1.2-liter inline 4 that does 0-60 mph in 11.3 seconds. See what we mean?
It does have a custom paint job and an illuminated topper, but all of the upgrades are mostly on the inside; rear and front right seats are thrown out to make space for holding items that aren’t pizzas. The rear left door is inaccessible, as is the window, as that’s where it stores all the pizzas to keep warm. In its place is a hatch that opens upwards to reveal all the good stuff. The box has red lighting in it, giving the impression that it’s served hot. The window sticker on the back left says “WARMING OVEN ONBOARD.” The “oven” system has a heating plate on the floor that Domino’s claims to keep the pizzas heated at 140 degrees, but there’s a gap between the storage box and the heating system, but we suppose the engineers have worked that out. That heating system reportedly had Roush in its development; the same one that makes parts and tunes Mustangs. We suppose they don’t tune Sparks. Or Chevys in general.
Only 154 of these quirky things were built, and most of them may have retired, wrecked, or sent back to Roush to convert back to a normal Spark to be sold as a used car, but some examples have remained on the road. Automotive YouTuber SamCrac managed to restore one, only to be hit by Domino’s themselves with a lawsuit, being forced to return the car, and a $90,000 offer to buy the car back.
It wasn’t quite a great look for Domino’s back then, and we sure hope they won’t repeat it with the Bolts when they served their time as the delivery fleet; how long would that take, you ask? Well, it’s a good measure for the battery life too, so look out for any content creators trying to save one in the near future.
p dir=”ltr”>(Images sourced from Domino’s)