Indian electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer River has raised a $15 million investment round led by Dubai’s multinational powerhouse, Al Futtaim Group.

River said in a statement on Tuesday that the fresh funding will bolster the firm’s growth, priming its manufacturing and distribution networks for an August 2023 delivery kick-off.

“At River, we’ve been quietly working in the background for the last two years. In just 20 months, we launched our first product, the Indie, which has by now successfully covered 100,000+ kilometers in testing. Now we’ve set the base to build a billion-dollar business,” said Aravind Mani, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at River.

Founded in March 2021 by Aravind Mani and Vipin George, River is an EV startup based in Bengaluru.

The conglomerate, with five operating divisions (automotive, retail, real estate, healthcare, and financial services) is spread across more than 20 countries, with a workforce surpassing 33,000 in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

“Indie is unlike anything in the market today. We designed Indie keeping in mind the Indian lifestyle, our roads, and usage patterns,

“Indie is loaded with unique features like 14” inch wheels, crash guards, and front foot-pegs, features that offer great utility and riding experience,” said Vipin George, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at River.

River is backed by marquee investors such as Dubai based Al Futtaim group, Chris Sacca’s Lowercarbon Capital, Toyota Ventures, Maniv Mobility, and Trucks VC.

“We evaluated over 50 electric two-wheeler start-ups, and are impressed by the team’s vision and relentless commitment to in-house product development,

“I am confident that their products will see great success, in India and internationally,” said Paul Willis, President of Al Futtaim Automotive.

This capital injection reaffirms the enduring belief of River’s current investors, including Toyota Ventures, Lowercarbon Capital, Maniv Mobility, and Trucks VC, in its goal to redefine mobility for India’s youth.

“The River Indie is faster, tougher, and just plain cooler than any two-wheeler on the market, and we can’t wait to see it electrify Indian roads starting this August,” said Clay Dumas, General Partner at Lowercarbon capital.

Jim Adler, Founder and General Partner of Toyota Ventures, also expressed his confidence in the company.

“River is our first investment in India, and we’re excited to see the unique value proposition and capabilities of Indie,

“We’re amazed at River’s progress and look forward to seeing them continue to execute on their vision of delivering quality, durable, affordable, and stylish all-electric two-wheeled vehicles,” he said.

The new funding marks River’s third round, following a $2 million seed round in March 2021 and a $11 million Series A round in July 2022.

Notably, River is the sole Indian investment for Al Futtaim group, Toyota Ventures, Trucks VC, and Maniv Mobility.

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