Zoomo, the e-bike start-up recently rebranded from Bolt Bikes, will partner with leading Australian office landlord Dexus to try out a new customer offering that will see Dexus customers staff members test the suitability of its range of electric bikes for home-to-office commutes.
Starting September, customers and staff members at Dexus’ Australia Square, Gateway and Margaret Street buildings will have the option to buy or rent an e-bike to ride from home to work and back again.
In August, Zoomo landed a $16 million funding deal led by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to expand into electric-powered delivery vehicles.
But its range of electric bikes are also suitable for everyday commutes by workers, and Dexus says that it wants to understand more about how riding to work by electric bike can benefit its staffers.
As part of the deal, a spokesperson for Dexus said by email that, “We will be monitoring the take-up as well as the benefits to our customers and people from a health and wellbeing perspective.”
The catch for workers wanting to take part in the trial is that they will need to either buy or rent their own electric bike from Zoomo.
“Members who subscribe online to rent an e-bike are charged on a weekly basis, and they are provided with unlimited servicing. Other members may choose to purchase an e-bike outright,” said Dexus’ spokesperson.
“A discount is provided by Zoomo on a subscription to rent an e-bike, as well for e-bike purchases made by our customers and our people”
Mina Nada, CEO and co-founder of Zoomo, said he is thrilled to partner with Dexus to trial the new customer offering, which he thinks will help reduce commuting costs.
“This pilot will continue to be refined over the course of September and October, and we will be measuring several outcomes such as usage patterns and distance travelled, in order to ensure our light electric vehicles effectively serve commuters’ needs and habits,
“We also have flexible pricing and plans, providing discounted rentals and the ability to purchase a bike. Our bikes are built for utility and have state-of-the-art safety features, free support and maintenance services and access to local servicing and support network, so our consumers can feel supported on their entire transport journey.
“More Australians are beginning to seek alternative transport options. Electric bikes are more cost-efficient, safer and environmentally friendly than most of the alternatives, and it is our belief that in five to ten years, e-bikes will be the predominant form of transportation.
“There will be further exciting e-bike offerings coming from us in the consumer space.”
This article has been updated to include the fact that Dexus customers can take part in the offer.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She specialises in writing about new technology and has been writing about electric vehicles for two years. She has a keen interest in the role that zero emissions transport has to play in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum.