The Zeem Story
Zeem was founded in 2017 to offer affordable EVs to commercial fleets, enabling them to meet sustainability goals and governmental mandates by transitioning from diesel to electric without the high costs and complexities of owning EVs and charging networks. Led by industry veterans with a diversity of EV and charging experience, the company based its operations in Los Angeles and began initiating conversations with fleet owners of all sizes about their challenges and impediments in going all-electric. At the same time, Zeem technical leaders began working with OEMs to research and test every available EV-charger combination. After thousands of first-hand technology assessments and more than 1 million conversations with fleets, Zeem opened its first EV charging depot near LAX in 2021 – and has plans to scale its model nationwide, including three more hub openings by 2024.
A company timeline
With $10 million in seed financing, Zeem is formed as a call center by EV industry veterans looking to gauge the best way to help commercial fleets meet looming zero-emission mandates.
After two years gauging needs and opportunities in the commercial EV space by talking with fleets across the country, Zeem moves its headquarters to Los Angeles. With a business model built around providing commercial vehicle leases and charging solutions, it officially begins operations by purchasing two Class 6 commercial electric vehicles.
To pursue ideal product-market fit and determine needs of potential customers, Zeem’s sales team reaches a milestone in its extensive fleet outreach initiative
Executes EV lease agreements with fleet customers in New York and Los Angeles.
Closes run-rate investment with current investors to acquire additional EVs and pursue a lease agreement for a permanent charging facility
Zero-emission passenger vehicles from GreenPower purchased to fulfill lease agreements with LAX transportation providers
Signs lease for adjacent parcels on Aviation & Isis avenues near LAX, with plans to open them by year-end as a single charging hub for leased customer EVs, office space for staff
Secures $11 million award from Ørsted for Class 8 EV applications in NY & NJ; takes delivery of 24 more GreenPower shuttles
Following award of $1 million in incentive funding, Zeem opens its Aviation & Isis locations as a combined 3.1-acre facility that immediately begins hosting client EVs & charging services
Led by Arclight Partners, round supports development of LAX depot, hiring & national expansion plans
Executive offices located near our LAX depot
Zeem provides fast-charging and depot services to the rental car company’s entire LAX-based EV fleet
Installs 14 additional dual-port DC fast chargers, energizes 18 more Level 2 charge ports, and completes new building at our Aviation property with office space and maintenance shop
Milestone the result of seven years of outreach and documentation on industry-leading sales platform
Greenhouse gas reduction of 326 megatons of CO2 in 2023 alone – equivalent to annual output from 37.8 homes or 21,853 gallons of gasoline