Sunday, June 6, 2021

Global e-bike Innovator Zoomo Driving Electrification of Last-Mile Delivery, Backed by new AirTree investment

 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 Venturesled 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 $11 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[1].

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.

[1] Blazejewski, L, Sherriff, G and Davies, N 2020, Delivering the last mile : scoping the potential for E-cargo bikes, Project Report, University of Salford

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 one of US’s largest ecommerce delivery providers, Cornucopia, and on-demand grocery delivery company, Gorillas. Zoomo has also signed up Just Eat Takeaway, acquirer of Grubhub and Seamless in the US.

Zoomo has long-standing partnerships with UberEats and DoorDash 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.”

Mark Chiusano, CEO of Cornucopia Logistics said: “Zoomo is enabling our customers to decarbonize the last mile. Not only are our customers reducing their carbon footprint, but are creating delivery efficiencies, providing better service and lowering their cost of delivery. Reducing our carbon footprint is critical to me as an owner of one of the largest privately owned Last Mile Providers in the US.”

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. 

About Zoomo

Zoomo’s high-quality LEV (light electric vehicle) range includes e-Bike, e-Moped and e-Cargo options: https://www.ridezoomo.com/us/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

About AirTree

AirTree is a venture capital fund with a mission to help game-changing Australian and Kiwi technology entrepreneurs achieve their vision. As one of the largest VC funds in the region with over $640m under management, AirTree aims to back startups from the earliest moments in their first funding round, often pre-revenue, and has the firepower to continue supporting successful companies over multiple, subsequent rounds.

AirTree’s 2014 and 2016 vintage funds are both performing in the top quartile of US VCs. They include early investments in break-out companies such as Canva,Pet Circle, Linktree,A Cloud Guru, Athena, Go1, Secure Code Warrior, Prospa,Brighte, Expert360, Joyous and Drone Deploy.

AirTree has six Partners: Craig Blair, Daniel Petre, James Cameron, John Henderson, Helen Norton and Gillian Findlay