Zoomo, a global leader in last-mile electric fleet solutions, today announced a partnership with Uber Eats, the online food delivery company, to make light electric vehicles (LEVs) more accessible to couriers in London.
The announcement follows Uber Eats’ commitment to make 100% of food delivery trips emission-free worldwide by 2040, with a 2030 target for major European cities. In addition, the provider wants to end all unnecessary plastic waste from deliveries by 2030.
Transportation remains the largest emitting sector of carbon emissions in the UK. While petrol mopeds are important vehicles for food delivery, especially in London, a viable, greener alternative has surfaced in recent years in the form of E-mopeds.
Through the partnership, both Uber Eats and Zoomo aim to contribute to London’s sustainable delivery and transport ecosystem.
“I am delighted to be expanding our partnership with Zoomo to offer high-performance e-Mopeds to couriers in London,” said Matthew Price, Uber Eats General Manager of UK, Ireland and Northern Europe. “It is our goal to be emission-free in London by 2030 and globally by 2040, and with this partnership we are moving towards that goal”.
Under the partnership, couriers who use Uber Eats will receive a discount on the rental cost of high-quality electric scooters in the initial month of sign-up. This will make electric scooters far more accessible to couriers via Zoomo.
Nicolas de Juniac, UK General Manager at Zoomo, said: “We admire Uber’s commitments to reduce the carbon footprint of food delivery trips. By joining forces with Uber Eats to enhance courier access to E-mopeds, we’re not only taking significant strides toward a greener delivery landscape but also setting the stage for a more sustainable and efficient industry – and this is just the beginning.”
In August, Australian-based, Zoomo, partnered with package delivery firm Evri to provide a number of cargo bikes for its flagship bike-only Wimbledon depot. The bikes, which are actually produced by partner company EAV, are one of the largest on the market, boasting a cargo volume of 2,000 litres and a 170 kg payload. This capacity positions them as a potential replacement for van deliveries, and Evri is one of the first customers to deploy them through the Zoomo platform.
Zoomo started out as Bolt Bikes, a side hustle for Nada, an ex-Deliveroo and Mobike executive and his former Bain & Co colleague Michael Johnson. They went full time on it in 2019 and rebranded to Zoomo in August 2020.
The subscription-based services e-bikes are designed for last-mile delivery, the gig economy workers and companies that deliver food and other products in urban areas. Zoomo’s clients include UberEats, Doordash, and Domino’s, and it operates in 16 cities on three continents, including Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne; Germany, the UK, France, and Spain; Canada; and the US.
To date, the company has raised $121.71m in funding over 8 rounds, with the latest round in May 2023 raising $16.21M.
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