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May 26, 2023
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After a record year of growth and offering the most high-octane sustainable ride around, local electric motorbike and road-scooter maker, FONZ, has been recognised as a finalist in the NSW Telstra Best of Business Awards in two categories.
The first is the Outstanding Growth category. The business grew by 110% YOY after moving into its custom-built carbon-neutral micro-factory in Alexandria, which increased its production capability five-fold.
And as Australia comes to realise the future is electric, FONZ has been named a finalist in the Sustainability category – being recognised as perfectly poised to deliver on the growing need for cost effective and congestion-reducing zero-emissions vehicles.
FONZ CEO and founder, Michelle Nazzari, says she is incredibly humbled to have been shortlisted in an Awards program she has long held significant admiration for.
“Telstra Awards are famous for putting businesses on the map. Businesses that have been toiling away doing the hard yards and who have really perfected their craft. We’re honoured FONZ can now say we’re named amongst the company of an impressive shortlist of Australian businesses.
There were more than 20,000 nominations into the Telstra Best of Business Awards, with only 246 businesses shortlisted across the country’s state and territory Award competitions. If FONZ is successful in taking a state title in February it will go on to the national competition.
“The process to get here certainly involved rigorous reflection on our business and we’ve taken away an enormous amount of learning and insight from just going through the entry process.
“It was obvious for us to enter into the Sustainability category, given our whole business is centred around this principle, but also exciting to be shortlisted in the Outstanding Growth category.
“While others in our sector are in early development of their products or looking offshore to source vehicles, we’re proud to see our years of R&D have paid off and more people are going electric with FONZ.
“It also signals Australia is ready to accept the evolution to electrics that we must undertake and we’re proud to lead our sector. Road-worthy, two-wheel electrics are an important part of the conversation around transport electrification and a lot our purchasers are getting rid of second family vehicles, getting their motorbike licence and embracing a new lifestyle that provides adventure –as well as a very cost effective, clean and fun way to get to work.
“It certainly feels like our hour is now,” Nazzari concludes.