Electric-vehicle financing startup Vidyut raises $4 million in first round of funding
- Vidyut Tech claims to make commercial EVs affordable and risk-free by offering low interest rates for owning electric vehicles.
- It plans to use the funding to double headcount in its credit, engineering, and sales teams within the next year.
- The funding round was co-led by
Force Ventures, Veda VC, and a clutch of strategic angels in the clean energy space.
AdvertisementVidyut Tech (VT), an Indian startup for EV financing has raised $4 million in a mix of equity and debt in a round co-led by Force Ventures, Veda VC, and a clutch of strategic angels in the clean energy space.
Founded in 2021 by IIT graduates
“The biggest consumer need to unlock commercial EV adoption is smart financing. While OEMs are pushing the frontiers of EV tech, the market has lagged in innovating on the financing front. The lifecycle and the ownership journey of an electric ride are very different from those of an ICE vehicle,” said Vidyut co-founder Xitij Kothi.
The adoption of commercial electric vehicles in the retail market, which comprises individual drivers and small business operators, has been slow because of a litany of problems. This includes high upfront cost of EVs, uncertainty over battery life and a non-existent resale market, the company states.
VT offers two ownership plans: a hybrid financing model of a vehicle loan with a battery subscription, which is estimated to bring down the upfront EV cost by 40-50%, and a traditional term loan plan.
“To scale big in India, the power lies in unlocking the value from small fleet owners and consumers who will ultimately drive the adoption,” Udaan founder and angel investor Sujeet Kumar said.
The company stated that it plans to use the funding to scale up the offering across original equipment manufacturers (
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