Simple Energy raises USD 21 million in pre-series funding round, Auto News, ET Auto

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Bengaluru-based EV startup Simple Energy
Bengaluru-based EV startup Simple Energy

New Delhi: Bengaluru-based EV startup Simple Energy on Wednesday announced the completion of the USD 21 million pre-series investment round.

According to a media release, the funding round was driven by the company’s current investors and board members, Manish Bharti of UiPath and Raghunath Subramanian, Non-Executive Chairman, UiPath India, respectively. This round also witnessed participation from new investors like the Sattva Group, Athiyas Group and several high net-worth individuals (HNIs).

“This investment will be utilized to increase manufacturing capacity, accelerate new product development, and expand experience centres, to bolster the company’s expansion plans,” it said.

Founded in 2019, Simple Energy launched its maiden electric scooter Simple One on August 15 this year, priced at INR 1,09,999 (ex-showroom).

Electric vehicles are here to stay, and Simple Energy is leading its way in revolutionising the automobile industry in the country. The pre-series round will not only help us broaden our product offerings but will also speed up the production processSuhas Rajkumar, Founder & CEO, Simple Energy

Suhas Rajkumar, founder & CEO, Simple Energy, said, “Electric vehicles are here to stay, and Simple Energy is leading its way in revolutionising the automobile industry in the country. The pre-series round will not only help us broaden our product offerings but will also speed up the production process.”

Manish Bharti of UiPath said, “I believe in supporting clean-energy startups like Simple Energy that will create a positive impact on many aspects – like mass mobility, clean environment and overall conservation of ecosystem.”

Raghunath Subramanian, board member investor in high growth startups and non-executive chairman of UiPath India, said “Simple Energy has tremendous potential. I am sure that it will spearhead innovation in the industry and make a mark for India on the global EV map. This new entrant in the Indian automobile industry is here to stay and disrupt this space.”

The company had plans only to raise USD15 million, but immense investor interest resulted in Simple Energy raising USD 21 million, the startup said.

The other electric scooter makers in the segment include Hero Electric, Ola Electric and Ather Energy.

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From November 27, 2021 test rides will begin in Surat, Thiruvananthapura, Kozhikode, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Coimbatore, Vadodara, Bhubaneswar, Tiruppur, Jaipur and Nagpur, the company said.

The e-scooter without battery will be available for under Rs 50,000 (swappable battery option) and around Rs 70,000 for a fixed battery model (that is also removable and can be charged at home).