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Mahindra is in Talks to Raise Up to $500 Million to Accelerate Plans to Build Electric Vehicles in India | 2YODOINDIA

Mahindra is in Talks to Raise Up to $500 Million to Accelerate Plans to Build Electric Vehicles in India

Mahindra & Mahindra is in talks with global investors to raise between $250 million and $500 million (approx. Rs. 4,040 crore) to accelerate its plans to build electric vehicles (EVs), a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Mahindra is in early talks with global green funds and private equity firms, the person said, adding that it wants a long-term investor who can help build out its EV business.

Some investors in recent months have shown interest in participating in a funding round of worth around $800 million (approx. Rs. 6,470 crore), two banking industry sources said, adding that they have held talks with the company about such offers.

And Mahindra is not actively looking to raise a higher amount than $250 million (approx. Rs. 2,020 crore) – $500 million (approx. Rs. 4,040 crore), it is not close to the idea of raising the deal size depending on the terms and valuation, the first source said.

Mahindra’s new EV unit for which it is raising the funds was valued at $9.1 billion (approx. Rs. 73,570 crore) in July after its first raise of $250 million  (approx. Rs. 2,020 crore) from British International Investment (BII).

It was not immediately clear what valuation the investors are offering or what the company is seeking for the new round.

Mahindra said in a statement it has committed to investing $500 million (approx. Rs. 4,040 crore) in the electric SUV space along with BII, and that the two companies will work together to bring other “like-minded, climate focussed investors” in the EV unit.

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These talks come weeks after Mahindra outline an ambitious plan to launch five electric SUVs over the next few years and is targeting such models to make up 30% of its total annual SUV sales by March 2027.

The Mahindra’s first electric SUV is expect to be available for sale in January.

The funds will help the automaker build a war chest to compete against rival Tata Motors which dominates India’s nascent electric car market.

Tata raise $1 billion (approx. Rs. 8,080 crore) from TPG’s Rise Climate Fund for its EV unit at a valuation of $9.1 billion, making it the first major clean mobility deal in India.

In India, the world’s fourth-largest car market, electric models make up just 1 percent of total annual car sales of about 3 million units.

Government wants to grow this to 30% by 2030 and is offering companies billions of dollars in incentives to build EVs and their components locally.

Mahindra has partner with Germany’s Volkswagen to procure components like electric drivetrains and batteries for its electric SUVs, and the two are exploring joint vehicle projects, building battery cells locally and developing charging solutions.

The Indian automaker has said it is open to making some investments in a battery cell maker to secure future supplies, and is also evaluating the need to set up manufacturing capacity for EVs, according to local media reports.

Mahindra’s fundraising also comes at a time when there is growing investor interest in India’s clean mobility transition resulting in “more money chasing few assets”, one of the two banking sources said.

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Some of the current investor interest is a spill over from Mahindra’s first fundraise, a third banking source said.

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