Zypp Electric Startup Story: Disrupting Last-mile Delivery with EV Scooters

Zypp Electric is an electric scooter-fleet chain designed to make last-mile deliveries carbon emission-free. Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Gurugram, the company currently delivers essentials like medicine, groceries, and e-commerce packages with their range of electric vehicles.

First things first; Why does the world need to go green?

Logistics can’t live without last-mile deliveries, but nor can the world afford to lose its environment while striving for economic gain. The term last-mile delivery refers to the last stage of any delivery process, from a transportation hub to its final destination (eg. your doorstep).

While last-mile deliveries are essential to any delivery process, they’re often inconveniently expensive and tend to cause detrimental carbon emissions. Carbon emissions are a serious threat to the environment and its sustainability, and it’s a well-established fact that last-mile delivery services are one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions.

In fact, according to a study conducted by Stand.earth, the last-mile delivery industry by itself emits around 500,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in India annually.

Sure, you’ve heard of electric cars and bikes for personal purposes all around. But, have you ever heard of electric bikes being used for last-mile delivery purposes? This concept is fairly new to India and is here to stay for as long as we love our planet.

How does Zypp Electric work?

Zypp Electric is an EV-as-a-service platform, meaning that it partners with huge delivery services like Swiggy, Zomato, Zepto, Blue Dart, Amazon, Flipkart, Delhivery, EcomExpress, etc. and their EVs are rented to delivery partners who in turn deliver the desired items safely to the final destination.

With AI and IoT-powered [IoT- Internet of Things: a collective network of interrelated devices] technology, Electric Vehicles (EVs) are easy to operate, smooth, and can cover a distance of 120+ km easily.

The EVs are free from EMI and maintenance charges and hence Zypp riders can benefit from maximum savings. They also have the liberty to work on their own time, save up on fuel costs, and are provided with EV chargers.

With this, they’re truly aiming at facilitating last-mile deliveries to both the delivery partners and merchants by reducing the total cost required for the same.

Zypp Electric Startup Story

It all started with an intense urge to curb pollution in India when Rashi Agarwal and Akash Gupta co-founded Zypp Electric.

Solving the problem of pollution was the largest opportunity I found in this business. Being an avid traveller, I saw clean air in many countries. But in India, people talk about pollution every day. So, other countries like the US, and China were picking up electric vehicles. Then I thought of bringing it to India so that we can give people a clear mobility option. Hence, I left my high-paying job and started this business from ground zero,” says Akash Gupta, co-founder and CEO of Zypp Electric.

Zypp Electric Co-founders Akash Gupta and Rashi Agarwal
Akash Gupta and Rashi Agarwal, Co-founders of Zypp Electric

With more than 11 years of experience in marketing, sales, distribution, product management and many more domains, Akash is a renowned entrepreneur and angel investor. He graduated from the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad with an MBA and is an engineering topper.

A graduate of the IIM, Kozhikode, Rashi Agarwal is a bit of an overachiever, and we totally mean it in a good way. A gold medalist in her graduation, a state-level table tennis player, an investor and an entrepreneur, she’s truly a star in our eyes.

Mission Zero-Emission

With around 15,000 EV scooters running around in India, Zypp Electric has a clear goal in mind, which is to have more than 5 lakh EVs in the next 3.5 years. To date, Zypp has reduced carbon emissions in India by a significant amount.

Their incredible goal, ‘Mission Zero-Emission’ by 2030 seems to be heading in the right direction, as they’ve managed to save over 17 million kg of carbon emissions, which is equivalent to carbon emissions from approximately 1,669,941 gallons of diesel consumed.

We are on a mission of zero-emission where we wish to accelerate last-mile delivery to go 100% sustainable with EVs by 2028 while making it efficient, affordable, intelligent, and reliable,” says Zypp Electric trying to make last-mile deliveries sustainable.

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