ElectricPe Raises Funds To Help EV Owners Find Nearby Charging Stations

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ElectricPe Raises Funds To Help EV Owners Find Nearby Charging Stations

ElectricPe is an aggregator platform that helps EV owners find, pay for, and charge using charging stations available in their area.

The startup will use the freshly raised capital to enhance the technology offering, onboard more charging partners, and develop customer trust.

The Indian EV market was largely unaffected by the pandemic, and the Union government is adopting a bullish stance towards the manufacture and adoption of EVs in the country.

EV charging startup ElectricPe has raised $3 Mn in a seed funding round led by Blume Ventures and Micelio Fund. 

Anshuman Bapna (Terra. do), Anupam Mittal (Shaadi.com), Arjun Ravi Sheth (Partner at Anchorage Capital Partners), Ashish Goel (Urban Ladder), Bhuvan Gupta (OfBusiness), and other angel investors also participated in the round. 

Founded in 2021 by Avinash Sharma and Raghav Rohila, the startup is an aggregator platform for electric vehicle charging points. 

Using ElectricPe’s application, EV users can find charging stations near their location and access them. The startup claims to track charger usage real-time charger usage to ensure that charging points are in working order.

ElectricPe considers itself OEM agnostic and is open to partnerships with all kinds of EV charging networks and independent charge point operators. It will utilize the freshly raised funds towards enhancing the technology offering, onboarding more charging partners, and developing customer trust. 

“Using our proprietary technology and platform approach, we aim to solve for ‘trust’, which an EV user requires when looking for charging services. With rising fuel prices and favorable Government incentives, the EV revolution has already begun, and our vision is to enable affordable and clean charging for all. We are taking an ecosystem approach by working with all industry stakeholders, thereby making adoption more seamless,” said Avinash Sharma, co-founder & CEO, ElectricPe.

Battery Swap Or Charging Network 

With the Indian government being incredibly bullish about electric vehicles, the race for developing an EV charging network across the country has already begun. But there are two different technologies for EV ‘refueling’ battling it out for supremacy: battery swapping and electric charging.

With battery swapping, discharged batteries are swapped out for a new freshly charged battery, usually from a business offering ‘Battery as a service’. They are more convenient than chargers since discharged batteries can be replaced at about the same time as it takes to fuel an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle. 

But storing, charging, and maintaining these ‘swapping packs’ is more complex and costly than simply connective vehicles to an existing electricity grid. Due to this, battery swapping technology is mostly used for on-demand public transport vehicles like e-rickshaws; where the ‘refueling’ time is crucial. 

This week, Battery-swapping startup Battery Smart raised $7 Mn in a Pre Series A funding round led by Blume Venture and Orios Ventures. 

As battery and fast charging technology keep getting better, the charging model becomes more and more viable. This is especially true for personal vehicles which spend a lot of time stationery at consumers’ homes where a waiting period for charging doesn’t make much of a difference.

The Union government also extended the second phase of the FAME India scheme by two years till March 2024. It is an incentive scheme for the promotion of electric and hybrid vehicles in the country. 

But domestic manufacturers aren’t being left behind: Bhavish Aggarwal-led Ola Electric raised $200 Mn at a valuation of $3 Bn. Earlier this year, Bengaluru-based EV maker Ather Energy entered the Delhi market and launched 14 charging stations in the Delhi-NCR region.

The easiest way to establish an extensive charging infrastructure in the country would be if OEMs came together to collaborate and develop an inter-compatible charging network; which isn’t what happened in the United States.

“The need of the hour is is for more players to enter the market and more products to penetrate into it. I believe that Indian manufacturers will all come together to develop solutions that will help the entire market,” remarked Sharma. 

According to him, ElectricPe will address this issue in its own way by establishing trust amongst consumers, letting them know that EVs are a viable option with charging stations available at the touch of a button.

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