Bangalore-based Sun Mobility today announced its partnership with 3PL start-up Zyngo, which offers last-mile delivery services to e-commerce players in Delhi-NCR.
As part of this association, Zyngo’s fleet of e-loaders and e-carriers will leverage Sun Mobility’s battery swap technology through its network of 18 'Swap Points’ installed at Indian Oil Corporation fuel stations in the national capital region.
The start-up is looking to benefit from Sun Mobility’s battery-swap technology, which allows for lesser upfront cost of acquiring the vehicle (sans battery pack) as well as significantly reduces charging time with a swapping solution that is claimed to get executed in 120 seconds.
While Zyngo has already deployed 120 electric delivery vehicles primarily comprising electric three-wheelers in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad, the company intends to expand to 500 vehicles by end-2021 by eyeing expansion into more cities.
The partnership with Zyngo also marks Sun Mobility’s foray into the last-mile delivery space as the company was so far majorly focused on offering its technology and use-case agnostic services to shared passenger mobility services like SmartE and MetroRide in Delhi-NCR and Bangalore, respectively.
Speaking to Autocar Professional today, Chetan Maini, chairman and co-founder, Sun Mobility, said: “The e-commerce boom in the last 9 to 12 months has caused a surge in the last-mile delivery segment. Players such as Amazon, Flipkart and BigBasket have expressed strong commitment to shift their delivery fleets to electric in the near future. Hence, our partnership with Zyngo will allow us to accelerate clean last-mile delivery operations, using vehicles powered by our open architecture energy platform.”
According to Prateek Rao, founder and CEO, Zyngo, “The idea behind introducing Zyngo emerged from the deep-rooted passion for logistics and technology. By creating an ecosystem controlled by our mobile application, we will ensure ownership of EVs to the drivers and fleet operators.”
“Our partnership with Sun Mobility will help provide a complete swapping ecosystem that will allow for a pollution-free and seamless delivery service to our end customers. We are the delivery partners of several e-commerce, FMCG, retail and pharma organisations, and our aim is to expand to become one of the leading EV logistics service-providers in the last-mile sector,” he added.
Given the unfolding opportunity, Sun Mobility is intensifying efforts into tapping into the last-mile delivery segment and says it is working with more partners and is likely to announce more partnerships in the coming months.
“Our standard 1.55kWh battery can go into any vehicle, and we are sector and OEM agnostic. We expect to add two-three more platforms (vehicles) and three-four more partners in the next few months,” said Maini.
The company aims to expand from 14 cities presently to 25 cities, as well as grow its network of swap stations from 50 to 300, by the end of this calendar year.