If you want a market that’s not stopping, driven equally by consumer and institutional demands, then look at the electric vehicle industry and at the top EV companies. A fast-growing market that is responding to governments’ climate change regulations and needs, plus a consumer that is looking for vehicles that match sustainability with quality.
talent.ai takes a closer look at the biggest funding rounds in the EV sector. An industry that has been quietly working and seems to escape the significant downturn tendencies of the last few months. As governments around the world pass more and more fossil fuel cap laws and the effects of climate change become more urgent, the need and want to go electric is growing exponentially.
The electric vehicle market offers a chance to invest in technology with a conscience and become part of a change in the way we consume and use resources. An attractive field for talent, investors and innovation.
GAC Aion New Energy Automobile
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
CEO – Yang Yin
Funding in 2022 – €2.56 Billion
GAC Aion New Energy Automobile is an electric vehicle manufacturer and service provider, a part of a larger Chinese automotive company, the Guangzhou Automobile Corporation. This sister branch has had an impressive growth rate since its creation in 2017, becoming an official marque in 2020 and reaching the top of the EV funding list this year.
Now China’s highest-valued private EV company GAC Aion New Energy Automobile secured earlier this year an enormous €2.56 Billion Series A funding round, which it will use for new product development and innovation.
The company has 5 purely electrical vehicles with above average qualities like a range of over 1.000 kilometres of independence and other highly technical details. In just September of this year alone, they sold more than 30.000 vehicles. A true sign of non-stop power in the EV market!
Göteborg, Vastra Gotaland, Sweden
Stage – IPO
CEO – Thomas Ingenlath
Funding in 2022 – $1.6 Billion
Polestar is a high-performance top EV company, working at the top of industry standards. Partly owned by renowned vehicle manufacturer Volvo. One of the most relevant EV manufacturers in Europe and the world, that has drawn the interest of both investors and consumers.
Swedish-based Polestar went public in June of this year and has maintained enough to secure an additional $1.6 Billion from its two main shareholders, Volvo and PSD Investments. This will be enough for the manufacturer to fund its activities through 2023, continuing to advance in the EV market.
Polestar expects to add 3 new vehicles to its model line by 2026, maintaining its status as a part of the top EV companies and becoming the leading high-quality manufacturer of EVs.
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Stage – IPO
CEO – He Xiaopeng
Funding in 2022 – €1.08 Billion
Xpeng Motors is an electric vehicle and technology manufacturer that focuses on smart car design and building. The manufacturer’s models are integrated with autonomous driving and IoT tech.
Chinese Xpeng Motors received a nod of confidence of ¥7.5 Billion or €1.08 Billion from the Agricultural Bank of China. The funds will go mainly into the expansion of the business internationally, which started back in March with the release of its P5 model in the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
2023 will be a significant year for the EV manufacturer as it plans to unveil two new significant products: the autonomous system Xpilot 4.0 and the G9 electric SUV. Next year will definitely be electric for Xpeng!
San Francisco, California, United States
Stage – Series A
CEO – Neha Palmer
Funding in 2022 – $1 Billion
TeraWatt is an electric vehicle infrastructure builder and innovation creator, specialising in the charging needs of medium and heavy-duty vehicles and fleets. The first non-vehicle manufacturer on the list, and one tackling a huge part of the EV industry, the infrastructure side.
To succeed in becoming the number 1 choice for transportation EV needs to have the infrastructure in place to meet demand. TeraWatt’s record as a specialist in EV transport charging has helped solidify its Series A $1 Billion investment.
California-based TeraWatts is going to use the funds to expand its charging centres across the US, drive innovation and meet increasing infrastructure needs. Companies like this show the immense diversity of opportunities available in EV.
Newark, California, United States
Stage – IPO
CEO – Peter Rawlinson
Funding in 2022 – $915 Million
Lucid Motors is an electric vehicle and battery manufacturer with an eye on innovation, comfort and speed. The company has five EV models available and the first purpose-built EV factory in the US.
California-founded Lucid Motors stands out for its high-quality vehicles and the batteries are the heart of their performance. The company raised $915 Million this year to continue market expansion and innovation. On top of those funds, Lucid Motors has signed an agreement to build a plant in Saudi Arabia, which will deliver incentives and investment worth an estimated $3.4B over the next 5 years.
An increasingly powerful player as one of the top EV companies with an already global presence and recognizable high-end EVs.