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Indian EV Maker Mahindra Lures $250m in British Investment

BII, the British government’s development finance institution, will have a 4.8% ownership in the business, which will focus on four-wheel passenger EVs.


Indian EV maker Mahindra
A Mahindra and Mahindra e2oPlus operated by Indian ride-hailing company Ola is seen at a charging station in Nagpur. File photo: Reuters.

 

India’s Mahindra and Mahindra said British International Investment (BII) would match its $250 million investment in a new electric vehicle (EV) subsidiary.

BII, the British government’s development finance institution, would have a 4.8% ownership in the business, which will focus on four-wheel passenger EVs.

The Indian EV unit, which has a valuation of $9.1 billion, would be wholly owned by Mahindra.

The total capital infusion for the new unit is expected to be about 80 billion rupees ($1.01 billion) spread out between 2024 and 2027, Mahindra said.

Mahindra said it would work jointly with the British development finance institution to bring other investors in the Indian EV company to match the funding requirement in a phased manner.

 

Emission Avoidance

“BII’s anchor investment will be key to attracting additional sources of private capital into this exciting venture with Mahindra Group,” chief executive of BII Nick O’Donohoe said.

BII said the deal would contribute towards 2.1 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent emission avoidance and lead to the creation of about 8,000 skilled jobs – a quarter of which are expected to be for women.

“In BII, we have found a like-minded long-term partner who is committed to combating the climate emergency,” Mahindra chief executive Anish Shah said.

“We would expect between 20% and 30% of Mahindra SUVs being electric by 2027,” executive director Rajesh Jejurikar said.

Mahindra said it sold 26,620 SUVs in June 2022, 60% more than in the same month last year.

 

  • Reuters, with additional editing by George Russell

 

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George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.

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