Swvl and Moove partner to scale up the electrification of buses across the MENA region.
African mobility fintech company, Moove, partners with global tech-enabled mass transit solutions company, Swvl to scale Moove’s revenue-based vehicle financing model across the MENAP (Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan) region, as well as expand vehicle classes to include electric buses. This partnership follows Moove’s recent $105 million Series A2 round.
Mostafa Kandil, Swvl Founder and CEO, says: “Moove’s unique approach to democratising vehicle ownership by providing access to financing perfectly aligns with our mission at Swvl. Through this partnership, we are able to further our mission of empowering underserved communities with safe, efficient and cost-effective mobility solutions at scale.”
Ladi Delano, co-Founder and co-CEO of Moove, says: “Forming new partnerships with strategic partners has always been a key driver of growth for us, which is why we are thrilled to be Swvl’s preferred mega fleet partner in MENAP. Starting with Cairo, our seventh market, this is an exciting time for Moove as the MENAP region presents opportunities that remain untapped and, by virtue of this partnership, we have now expanded into urban transportation and the bus vehicle class.”
Benefits of partnering
The partnership will enable mobility entrepreneurs on Swvl’s platform to access a range of brand-new buses. It will also allow an initial rollout of 500 buses, with the goal to substantially scale up. The $1 trillion global mass transit industry presents a sizable opportunity for mobility entrepreneurs to own their vehicles and strengthen their earning potential.
Youssef Salem, Swvl CFO, says: “Electrification is integral to Swvl’s mission of substantially reducing emissions via a combination of increasing ride-sharing and vehicle efficiency. Today’s partnership with Moove, who shares our commitment to empower communities and care for our planet, enhances economic opportunities for thousands of captains while transitioning into lower-emission fleets.”
Moove’s financing model
Moove is committed to ensuring that at least 60% of the vehicles it finances are electric or hybrid. This commitment to tackling the climate crisis saw Moove being awarded the IFC’s 2021 Annual Corporate Award as one of the top 20 most impactful and transformational projects, applying an innovative and scalable solution to a global problem.
Startup fleet owners pay a percentage of their weekly income, prospective drivers will have the ability to work towards owning their buses through Moove’s two product offerings: Drive-To-Own (DTO), which enables drivers to work towards ownership of their vehicles in 48 months, or Flexi-Rental, an entry-level weekly rental option for drivers who may not yet qualify for DTO.
Democratising vehicle ownership
Delano says, “with a 50% monthly increase since launch, the growth at Moove has been exponential and we are excited to expand our platform to serve more mobility entrepreneurs whilst leading the way in the electrification of mobility fleets in markets across the world.”
This partnership serves as the latest example of executing on opportunities that enhance the economics for stakeholders, protect the environment and diversify and expand supply for the marketplace. By leveraging Moove’s unique credit-scoring technology onto Swvl’s platform, both companies aim to add more drivers and vehicles to Swvl’s platform in order to enable more bus route creation and increase expected earnings for drivers.