IIT H startup PURE EV raises Venture Capital Funding

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad-incubated startup PURE EV has raised Venture Capital funding from Hyderabad-based pharmaceuticals visionary Mr V C Nannapaneni, in personal capacity.

The funding is coming at an opportune moment for the company with its plans for expansion of its manufacturing capacity and R&D initiatives. It is working on the development of high-speed and long-range Scooter and Motorcycle, which are scheduled for commercial launch in October 2019 and early 2020 respectively, a statement here said on Wednesday.

PURE EV has also been developing a prototype of HVDC electric truck/bus lithium battery modules and intends to showcase them in 2020 for potential collaborations. PURE EV is now looking to ramp up its EV manufacturing capacity to 2000 units per month by October 2019.

Highlighting the successful journey of this startup, Prof U B Desai, Founding Director, IIT Hyderabad, said “PURE EV is a true testimony of how IIT Hyderabad is translating academic activities into mass scale commercial products through the support of the incubation centre. Co-location of PURE EV factory with IIT Hyderabad campus will open up new R&D collaborations with various faculty members and indeed it is analogous to how startup industries emerged around Stanford University. I wish the company to become one of the leading players in the country in the space of Lithium battery and electric mobility.”

The company was founded in 2016 by Dr Nishanth Dongari, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, IIT Hyderabad, and is led by Mr Rohit Vadera, an alumnus of IIT Bombay. The startup will continue to collaborate with R&D laboratories of IIT Hyderabad, which will provide strong technological support.

Speaking about his reasons for investing in PURE EV, Mr V C Nannapaneni said, “The vision and the zeal of the founders has been noteworthy and aligned with our vision to promote young entrepreneurs in areas with the highest level of societal impact and value addition to local economy. The nurture and support of IIT Hyderabad in helping them grow to their current stature is highly appreciative. We hope they are able to succeed in their vision to promote usage of electric vehicles amongst the masses.”

PURE EV had recently launched four two-wheeler models – ‘Egnite’, ‘Etrance’ ‘Epluto,’ and ‘Etrpm’. It aims to deploy over 10,000 electric vehicles on road during 2019-20. It has established an 18,000-sqft state-of-the-art facility, co-located with IIT Hyderabad, for cutting-edge Research and Developing and for large scale production of electric vehicles and electric batteries.

Highlighting the importance of this fund raising for the company, Mr Rohit Vadera, Chief Executive Officer, PURE EV, said, “We are delighted to have received this funding. The funding will be primarily utilized for expanding the manufacturing capacity by installation of an automated assembly line and strengthening of the company operations.”

The unique points of the vehicles developed by PURE EV include, the batteries are designed to work under tough environmental conditions. The batteries will have lesser weight for portability, and it will deliver high discharge currents for fast pickup, the statement added.