NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21- Sendy Limited, a tech-logistics company, and META Electric, an electric vehicle dealer and leaser, have teamed up to introduce electric-powered vans to safeguard small businesses from expensive logistics and reduce their carbon footprint.
Under the partnership, Sendy will expand its inventory of four-wheel delivery vans available to its clients on its digitized platform, at a lower cost, and in a cleaner environment, at a time when customer demand for shipments of freight weighing more than 500 kilograms is surging.
Due to the electric vans’ lower cost of operation in terms of fuel and maintenance, typical users of EVs will save up to 75percent.
The agreement comes at a time when the market is experiencing a boom in last-mile delivery.
According to a World Economic Forum report, consumer e-commerce deliveries are expected to grow by 25percent post-pandemic.
By 2030, e-commerce deliveries are expected to account for 78 percent of all global sales, with a 36 percent increase in the number of delivery vehicles in the world’s top 100 cities.
According to Harry Minter, META Electric’s Director, the organization’s lease model allows anyone, from small businesses to large enterprises, to shift their fleet to cheaper and cleaner electric vehicles without incurring exorbitant upfront costs.
They also profit from lower operating expenses, reduced Carbon and pollution emissions, and improved brand equity.
“We are delighted to be collaborating with Sendy to help them electrify their fleet of four-wheelers. Operators in Kenya’s urban logistics industry must quickly adopt new technology in order to mitigate climate change, which is negatively harming the entire continent. Together, Meta Electric and Sendy can play a critical role in helping Kenya handle this challenge and cut its GHG emissions by 30% by 2030 in compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement by adding more cost-effective and environmentally friendly vehicles into their fleet.”
Sendy’s Fulfilment Project Manager Thatcher Mweu said the firm is expanding its transportation logistics capabilities to four-wheel vehicles from two-wheel vehicles in order to exploit new market opportunities in urban logistics in more cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways,
“Sendy is employing cutting-edge technology to enable businesses without in-house logistics skills to trade cost-effectively and reliably, as well as transporters to supplement their income with extra revenue-generating logistical options,” he added.