ION Energy will be using the raised funding to grow the ION team to 150+ (currently 70), invest in product development, and expand the software business in North America and Europe.
On Thursday, ION Energy announced that it has raised $3.6 million in Pre-Series A funding from Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, joined by Silicon Valley-based Climate Capital, early-stage investor YourNest Venture Capital, Riso Capital, Venture Catalysts, and other angel investors.
In 2020, Amazon launched The Climate Pledge Fund, a $2 Billion fund to support companies developing sustainable technologies for a zero-carbon future. To date, Amazon has invested in visionary companies across industries including Redwood Materials, Rivian, ZeroAvia, and now ION Energy.
ION Energy is the first company in which Amazon Climate Pledge Fund has invested outside India. The company is pumped by the confidence shown by investors to drive the transition to an all-electric future.
As part of the round, Anup Menon, Head of Strategy & Emerging Technology at Bank of America will join ION’s Board of Directors.
Here’s what Kara Hurst, vice president and head of Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon had to say:
“As we continue to identify visionary companies whose products and solutions will facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy, we’re proud to invest in ION Energy, our first investment in India through the $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund We are inspired by ION’s mission to build technologies that improve the life and performance of lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles and energy storage systems, ultimately scaling solutions that help us all achieve our ambitious climate goals.”
Founded in 2016, since the beginning the company is committed to building technologies that enable the future of mobility and energy storage. In 2017, the startup launched a smart battery management platform (BMS) that leverages proprietary algorithms to improve battery life and performance.
Today, the startup is working with more than 75 customers in the mobility and energy industry across 15 countries, including India, France, Spain and the U.S. Most recently,ION Energy announced the partnership with Spanish Electric Scooter startup, Ray Electric Motors. Till date the customers have deployed 60,000 smart BMS in electric vehicles and stationary storage systems.
In 2019 with the increase in deployments, the startup recognized the need for a dedicated battery analytics software and launched Altergo (previously Edison Analytics). Altergo is currently focused on helping owners and operators of battery fleets improve the operational efficiency of their assets post-deployment. Last year, leading U.S. energy storage developer, esVolta announced it is deploying Altergo across its entire portfolio of battery storage systems, totalling to 581MWh.
“As the world accelerates towards zero emissions and renewable resources, efficient energy storage is becoming a critical part of the holistic solution. ION’s comprehensive offering of battery management, electronics, intelligence and analytics technology is already helping over 75 customers worldwide. We are more than happy to partner with ION’s innovative team to help provide a significant part of the solution for this industry, globally in the coming years.” said Dr Vivek Mansingh, General Partner, YourNest.
“Globally, we believe 2021 will be the inflection point for the new energy transition as both companies and governments come together towards reducing carbon emissions. At ION, we’re confident that advanced electronics and software that help enterprises accelerate this transition will become mission-critical to meet our goals of a zero-carbon future,” says Akhil Aryan, Co-founder and CEO of ION Energy.