Homegrown tech logistics startup eyes 100 EV deployment in 2023

Mober, a homegrown tech-logistics startup, is planning to deploy a total of 100 electric vehicles (EVs) and e-trucks by the end of 2023 and become the largest green logistics company in the Philippines in five years.

Mober CEO and Founder Dennis Ng said in a statement, Friday, Feb. 10 that it has grown its delivery fleet to a total of 20 electric vehicle (EV) and e-trucks to date to sustain efforts of decarbonizing its on-ground delivery by switching to green mobility.

“We aim to catalyze a transition to zero-emissions mid and last-mile delivery in the Philippines. By switching to electric vehicles, Nespresso is set to eliminate hundreds of tons of CO2 emissions yearly, and this is just the beginning for us,” said Ng.

With a current focus on the Philippine market, Ng said they aim to be the leading green logistics delivery provider in Southeast Asia, by becoming the largest operator of delivery EVs in the region.

By replacing carbon-intensive logistics operations with EV delivery vehicles to reduce air pollution, Mober aims to facilitate the transition towards sustainable transport in the Philippines.

Ng said they were able to build its fleet after pioneering in EV delivery in the country with the purchase of its first EV in Oct. 2021 to give clients an environmentally friendly choice.

The latest to its addition was the recent partnership with Swiss coffee brand Nespresso, which was named the world’s most sustainable coffee company in 2021.

Mober has a variety of clients including IKEA for last-mile delivery and SM Appliance Center for same-day delivery.

Mober started delivering Nespresso products from its warehouse to stores around Metro Manila last December 2022, demonstrating both company’s commitment to sustainability and focus on cutting carbon footprint in delivery.

Ng said they would continue to build up its EV fleet, encouraged by the approval of zero tariffs on EVs. “This allows Mober to support more retailers and businesses in their transition to green fleet,” said Ng.

Mober’s electric vans can travel up to 230 kilometers, while the range of its electric trucks is 280 kilometers, offering flexibility to meet their clients’ wide logistical needs. EVs run on fast-charging lithium-ion batteries and emit zero carbon dioxide compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

In addition, Ng said, EVs require less maintenance and have lower operating costs, which can help save money in the long run. Companies can book and partner with Mober instead of buying their own EVs to decarbonize their fleet.

Ng said these functions enable the company to operate at a higher efficiency level which contributes further to reducing its carbon footprint. “Monitoring the CO2 offset for our EV fleet can serve as a conscious reminder for businesses looking to go green to reflect on using EVs soonest. This will also help us save the data for future use and reach our net zero goal target,” he said.

The Department of Energy (DOE) projects that EVs would comprise 10 percent of the total registered vehicles in the country by 2040, as stated in the government’s Philippine Energy Plan.

“If Mober could deploy 300 EV deliveries, 1,542 tons of annual carbon reductions could be achieved, which is equivalent to the CO2 savings from a 1 MWp solar PV project. A delivery driver typically commutes 200 km per day and consumes 16.4 liters of petrol per day, thus emitting 40.2 kg in CO2 emissions for an ICE delivery vehicle. Assuming the same range applied to a single Mober EV delivery vehicle, daily CO2 emissions can be reduced by 14kg or 35%,” Ng explained.