British e-bike brand has announced that it is partnering with the food delivery company Deliveroo to trial subsidised bikes for a group of riders across the UK. 

The trial will be nationwide and will aim to explore the suitability of various buying options for a select group of Deliveroo riders. 

“We are committed to supporting our marketplace and taking action to drive sustainability. By significantly reducing the cost of a new, high spec Volt e-bike, we hope to accelerate the trend towards a greener fleet, reducing carbon emissions while helping to maximise their earnings.” said Paul Bedford, Director of Policy and Sustainability at Deliveroo. 

The bike will be able to travel 70 miles on a single charge and features a built-in suspension and an upright riding position. The batteries are removable and can be swapped out for charging on or off the bike. 

“We look forward to seeing what impact this initial trial period can bring and hope to continue our collaboration into the future and get more riders on alternative more environmentally friendly transport soon.” said James Metcalfe, founder and owner of Volt. 

Deliveroo works with around 180,000 restaurants and grocery partners as well as 180,000 riders. Volt was founded in 2010 by James and his brother Lyle Metcalfe and produces 12 different e-bike models including folding, hybrid, urban and mountain bikes.