Chargeup Raises Pre-Series A Funding From Mapmyindia

The funding will be used as investment in marketing for customer acquisition and building the tech stack

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Battery swapping network for e-rickshaws Chargeup on Wednesday announced to have raised an undisclosed amount in its ongoing Pre-Series A funding. The funding round was led by MapmyIndia with participation from a group of HNIs.

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The funding will be used as the investment in marketing for customer acquisition and building the tech stack. Chargeup has adopted an advanced technology-driven approach to offer Battery as a Service (BaaS) solutions to e-rickshaw drivers. Battery swapping eliminates range anxiety and eliminates the need for buying or managing batteries as the swapping service provider takes care of these needs.

 “We are excited to take the next step towards growth with this funding. With MapmyIndia’s commitment, our synergy to build the right tech stack for the drivers will strengthen and give us a lead. We hope to leverage their best-in-class stack of maps and location technologies as well. The funding support from HNIs is also a major boost to our offerings. With a strong grip on the execution of this business, Chargeup works on a Capex light and Opex light model thus making it fast scalable,” said Varun Goenka, chief executive officer and co-founder, Chargeup.

The nationwide COVID-19 lockdown negatively impacted the demand of swappable batteries from the drivers due to reduced mobility of e-rickshaws. Chargeup sought to turn this situation over by creating a demand for drivers in the transportation sector.

According to estimates by Mordor Intelligence, the Indian electric vehicle market was valued at $5 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $47 billion by 2026 registering a CAGR of above 44 percent during the forecast period (2021 - 2026). The Indian government plans to convert about 30 per cent of all passenger vehicles to EVs by 2030 under FAME-II (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles-II) initiative. Removing battery cost from the equation can make EVs cheaper by up to 40 per cent and make them affordable for fleet owners.

Being an early mover in the Indian EV battery charging sector, Chargeup is set to lead the segment in 2021-22 and will be driving standardization of operations through the integration of cutting-edge AI and analytics tools. The company is rapidly expanding its BSS network and aiming to benefit the lives of millions of e-rickshaw drivers in India, while also expanding coverage to 2 wheelers and other LCVs.