Electric mobility firm Yulu raises Rs 653 crore equity funding
The fresh funds led by Magna will be utilised to scale Yulu’s mobility and battery swapping businesses
New Delhi: Yulu, India’s market leader in shared electric Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and Battery-as-a-Service (BaaS) businesses, Monday announced the infusion of $82 Mn (Rs 653 crore) in Series B funding round, led by mobility technology company, Magna International Inc.
With this round of funding, Yulu will further strengthen its leadership through product and technology innovation, and increase its EV fleet to more than 1 Lakh Electric 2-Wheelers along with 500+ Battery charging & swapping stations in the next 12 months. This business expansion will lead to Yulu becoming free cash-flow and will lay the foundation for exponential growth.
Amit Gupta, Co-founder & CEO, Yulu (Bikes Pvt Ltd), said, “We can clearly see a 100X growth opportunity for Yulu in both the BaaS and MaaS businesses in the next three-four years. As the market leader in electric mobility, with a proven business model built on positive unit economics, our focus now will be to establish a robust and agile supply chain and scale-up our operations. We will go deeper & denser in our existing markets and explore new areas while delivering a great customer experience. We welcome Magna onboard with our shared vision to create a sustainable and scalable EV ecosystem in India and beyond.”
Matteo Del Sorbo, Executive Vice President, Magna and International and Global Lead of Magna New Mobility, said, “This is an incredibly exciting time for Magna to contribute to a sustainable future in urban mobility through this investment in Yulu. Micromobility presents a great opportunity for additional growth for Magna, and joining forces with Yulu helps us expand our business into this rapidly growing sector.”
Yulu has a successful strategic partnership with India’s leading 2-Wheeler manufacturer, Bajaj Auto Ltd. Over the years, Yulu & Bajaj have been collaborating on Product Design, Technology Platforms, Engineering Processes and Manufacturing. Yulu’s next generation of electric 2 Wheelers will roll out of Bajaj’s Pune facility by this year-end.
Yulu has served millions of users for their first & last mile mobility needs. Millions of green deliveries have been made using Yulu’s EVs. Yulu has enabled tens of thousands gig economy workers to join the workforce and increase their net earnings by providing an efficient, sustainable and affordable mobility service.
As a market leader in the first & last mile mobility, Yulu has built successful partnerships with Bangalore Metro (BMRCL), Delhi Metro (DMRC) and city authorities in Bengaluru (BBMP/DULT), Mumbai (BMC/MMRDA) and New Delhi (NDMC) for both parking and charging infrastructure.
Yulu is forming a new entity, Yulu Energy, with Magna to create nation-wide battery charging & swapping infrastructure to cater to the demand from Yulu as well as vehicles made by other manufacturers. This infrastructure is expected to reduce the upfront cost of buying EVs and will accelerate the adoption of electric mobility in India.