Rising Trend of Two-Wheel EVs for Delivery 

Welcome to Vietnam Untold, your ultimate source for the latest news and insights on Vietnam. Today, we delve into a rising popularity of two-wheel electric vehicles and explore why companies are increasingly adopting them.  

Logistics companies in the country are increasingly adopting EVs as a greener and more cost-effective alternative. Let’s explore the reasons behind this transformative shift. 

The narrow and congested roads in Vietnam make it difficult for traditional four-wheeled vehicles to transport goods efficiently. That’s why two-wheelers have become the top choice for salesmen and delivery personnel in companies like Unilever, P&G, and Vinamilk. This trend extends to various delivery apps as well.

Recently, electric two-wheelers have caught the attention of many businesses. Firstly, they help reduce the escalating fuel costs. This trend also aligns with the government’s commitment to environmental protection and reflects the regional trend of greening the transportation and logistics sectors.

Gojek has started using Dat Bike’s electric motorcycles, while marketplace Lazada is currently testing electric two-wheelers. GrabExpress and Baemin are also piloting a delivery service with Selex electric motorcycles.

Sumit Rathor, the General Director of Gojek Vietnam, explains that the adoption of EVs is part of GoTo Group’s commitment to “zero emissions, zero waste, and zero barriers,” aiming to reduce emissions and transition to 100% electric vehicles.

Dat Bike, a startup founded in 2018, has raised $16.5 million to deploy production, research, sales, and technical support for its electric two-wheelers.

VinFast also offers electric two-wheelers for delivery purposes. VinFast has partnered with online delivery service Ahamove, utilizing 200 electric two-wheelers for deliveries. Ahamove aims to have 10,000 electric motorcycles in operation by 2025.

However, the electric two-wheelers from Dat Bike and VinFast are essentially regular bikes retrofitted for delivery purposes. They have been modified with cargo compartments for transportation needs.

Meanwhile, Selex Motors, used by Lazada, Viettel Post, and DHL, can be seen as the “first electric delivery motorcycle model in Southeast Asia.” The Selex Camel model was designed from the start for transportation and deliveries. It has a load capacity of 225 kg, over 50% higher than conventional motorcycles, while offering 25-35% fuel cost savings.

The rise of electric two-wheelers in Vietnam’s logistics industry reflects the growing focus on sustainability and cost-efficiency. With more companies and startups embracing EVs, we can expect a greener and more efficient future for delivery services in the country.

And that concludes today’s episode of Vietnam Untold. Stay tuned for more updates on the dynamic landscape of Vietnam.