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This Startup Earns $40 Million to Improve EV Infrastructure

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Pankaj Sharma, Dr. Akshay Singhal and Kartik Hajela_Founders of Log9 Materials

Log9 has raised a fresh round of capital worth $40 Mn as a part of its Series B Funding. The start-up witnessed a mix of equity and debt raise led by Amara Raja Batteries Ltd. and Petronas Ventures and saw participation from other marquee investors such as Incred Financial Services Private Ltd., Unity Small Finance Bank, Oxyzo Financial Services Private Ltd. and Western Capital Advisors Private Ltd. Log9 is also backed by CBC Japan, Grip Invest Advisors Private Ltd., Cornerstone Venture Partners, LO Funds, Oxy Capital and other leading angel investors.

Founded in 2015 by Dr. Akshay Singhal, Kartik Hajela and Pankaj Sharma, Log9 has been a frontrunner in redefining the traditional paradigms of the Indian EV sector backed by cutting-edge innovation and to which, over 70 patents filed stand as a testimony. As the only Indian company today that holds in-house competencies ranging from electrode materials to cell fabrication to battery packs, Log9’s range of batteries promises to charge 9x faster, last 9x longer and offer 9x higher performance and safety.

Proud of the recent fundraise, Dr. Akshay Singhal, Founder and CEO, Log9 said, “Log9 has always been invested in providing its customers with the most sophisticated and efficient batteries, based on both LTO and LFP lithium-ion technologies. The recent round of investments will allow us to grow our battery manufacturing capabilities to a 2 GWH capacity by the end of 2024 and commission India’s first fully integrated Lithium Ion Cell production line. Furthermore, over ₹100cr will be invested towards advancements in cell and battery technology stacks. As a battery technology pioneer, we foresee these investments to cement our position as a leader in the commercial EV space and to expand into stationary battery sectors such as power backup and grid storage. We will also be aggressively pursuing pilots in overseas markets over the next few quarters, with a particular focus on the tropical belt”.

The development comes at a time when the Indian EV sector is at an inflection point. With the demand for electric vehicles increasing, so are the challenges of battery safety, range anxiety, charging infrastructure and so on. The time is also ripe considering some of the leading domestic and global brands touting for electric vehicles as a promising enabler for them to meet their sustainability goals. Log9, backed by its recent series of investments, aims to solve the challenges around safety, reliability, and performance by investing further into cell and battery technologies, designed bespoke for a trying ecosystem such as India and the tropical belt. The start-up has also been a pioneer in the EV ecosystem and has spearheaded conversations and initiatives towards innovating business models, enhancing the charging infrastructure and more so towards transforming the last-mile logistics sector.

Vikramaditya Gourineni, Executive Director, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd said “Log9’s progress in the field is significant in meeting India’s growing aspirations in the Energy and Mobility space. Battery manufacturing is the most critical part of the value chain that needs to be localized, and batteries designed in India for India will pave the way.”

With a keen eye on empowering the Indian EV sector, Log9 has been invested in nurturing the talent pool across the country and towards which has taken measures to bridge the gap between the industry and the academia. With a firm belief that the answer to India’s self-reliance in energy and technology lies in indigenising the EV sector, Log9 has led the cause by designing batteries ground up and fuelling this vision further is its efforts to nurture talent across the engineering colleges in India.

Arni Laily, Head of PETRONAS Ventures said, “Log9’s approach to the future of energy continues to excite us and strongly aligns with the investment priorities of PETRONAS Ventures. This partnership will further enhance PETRONAS’ expansion in the new energy and green mobility sectors.”;

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Nitisha Dubey

I am a Journalist with a post graduate degree in Journalism & Mass Communication. I love reading non-fiction books, exploring different destinations and varieties of cuisines. Biographies and historical movies are few favourites.

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