Zoomo raises $12M USD to bolster its 'e-bikes for businesses' model, announcing new customer partnerships and board appointments
LONDON, May 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Australian born e-bike innovator Zoomo, announces today it has secured $12 million from existing and new investors, led by top tier Australian VC, AirTree, as they expand into new markets and invest in further innovation of its commercial use electric bike platform.
AirTree Ventures led the capital raise as a new investor, with strong follow-on support from existing investors, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), Maniv Mobility and Contrarian Ventures, with new mobility and cleantech focused US investors Winthrop Square and Wisdom VC joining the round.
The newest round of funding follows a $11M USD million Series A raise announced in August 2020, led by the CEFC. Cumulatively, Zoomo has raised $26M USD in the past 24 months.
Zoomo will use the funds to invest in the development and production of the brand's next generation vehicle offerings as well as supporting global expansion to satisfy customer demand. Zoomo has had success supplying its vehicles to large fleet operators in the last mile delivery space and is seeing its fleet rapidly expand beyond 10,000 units globally.
Jackie Vullinghs, Principal at AirTree Ventures said: "Supported by regulatory and cultural tailwinds, Zoomo is accelerating the electrification of global transport, starting with last mile delivery. Their full stack offering from e-bikes and e-mopeds to finance, servicing and fleet management makes it easy for global food, grocery and logistics businesses to choose carbon neutral".
Companies are seeking to electrify their fleets
Companies are increasingly setting big, public targets to go green, electrifying delivery fleets as part of this commitment to reduce carbon emissions.
Research has shown that businesses have the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by 75 percent by switching deliveries from vans to e-bikes.
Further championing the uptake of e-bikes is the wave of new companies emerging in the on-demand grocery delivery sector (10-15 minute order-to-door delivery), including rapid growth brands, and Zoomo customers, Getir, Gorillas and Dija. This services segment is enabled entirely by efficient transport modes like e-bikes.
Zoomo's unique offering is enabling electrification
Zoomo is meeting this demand head-on with its unique "full stack" model which allows businesses to deploy and manage large fleets of carbon-friendly e-bikes at scale, supported by features like same-day servicing and anti-theft technology.
Mina Nada, Zoomo CEO and co-founder said: "We initially built our products to service the demands of gig workers in the food delivery industry. Their expectations for quality commercial vehicles, on demand service, flexible financing and tech enabled security features spurred us to innovate. We're now seeing enterprises and fleet managers benefiting from the platform we have built. Enterprise fleet managers looking for clean and efficient vehicles are choosing us."
Zoomo is proud to announce a number of new customer wins in the enterprise space, including up and coming on-demand grocery delivery companies, Getir, Gorillas and Dija, as well as Just Eat Takeaway. Zoomo also has a long-standing partnership with UberEats and Deliveroo, helping its riders' access safe, affordable and efficient e-bikes.
Just Eat Takeaway spokesperson said: "At Just Eat Takeaway.com, we want to build a sustainable future for food delivery, and are committed to doing our bit to help keep carbon emissions to a minimum, as well as providing an efficient customer experience from order to delivery. E-Vehicles are an integral part of the Scoober model and we are pleased to work in cooperation with Zoomo."
Andy Batty, Director Of Operations UKI, Deliveroo said: "At Deliveroo we care deeply about protecting the environment and reducing our carbon footprint. That is why we are delighted to partner with Zoomo and give riders the opportunity to rent one of their fantastic electric bikes at a discounted rate. We know that riders are keen to make the switch to e-vehicles so this will be hugely welcome. This partnership is another important step towards delivering a low-carbon, sustainable future."
Kristen Adamowski, US Head of Rider Ops, Gorillas said: "Electrifying the last mile is important to achieving the core Gorillas' mission. Delivering groceries in 10 minutes or less means we need to be fast and agile. To grow in an environmentally sustainable way, we power our business primarily through bicycle delivery. And e-bikes enable both speed for our customers and satisfaction for our riders, who use them every day."
New Board of Advisors led by industry leaders
Zoomo has also attracted US based industry leaders to its advisory board, including Angela Strand, Board Member at Lordstown Motor, Aaron Bromberg, Former CPO at Boosted Boards, Tom Valasek, Former CCO at Genze eBikes, and Mark Chiusano, Owner and CEO of Avant Business Services and Cornucopia, Investor and Logistics innovator in the US.
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Zoomo's high-quality LEV (light electric vehicle) range includes e-Bike, e-Moped and e-Cargo options: https://www.ridezoomo.com/uk/business
Ex-Deliveroo and Mobike executive Mina Nada and his former Bain colleague Michael Johnson took their side hustle full time in 2019 with a mission to turn the world's delivery fleets electric using E-Bikes. Zoomo currently operates in:
- Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
- US: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia
- UK: London and Liverpool
For further information, contact: Holly Ledlin, Zoomo Global Head of PR: +61-418-443-008