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The ePlane Company closes $1 million seed round

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on March 03, 2021

Investment is led by deep-tech venture capitalist Speciale Invest, Indian-American entrepreneur and investor Naval Ravikant

IIT Madras incubated start-up, The ePlane Company, that is betting on eradicating traffic by building electric planes for short range intra-city commute, has received around $1million in seed-funding.

The investment is led by deep-tech venture capitalist Speciale Invest, Indian-American entrepreneur and investor Naval Ravikant, and has participation from Java Capital, FirstCheque.vc, and IIM Ahmedabad’s CIIE.CO.

The seed-funding will help the company to build a world class engineering team to develop IP and show early product demonstrations by 2021.

Additionally, the company aims to globally launch the human-rated 200 kg taxi for deployment by 2024. Founded in 2017 and launched in 2019, The ePlane Company is the brainchild of aerospace engineering professor Satya Chakravarthy and his student Pranjal Mehta. The start-up is building VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) electric planes which can be used for 10X faster door-to-door commute within cities at a similar price to road taxis. Their technology can also be used for moving cargo in remote and rural areas.

“We are committed to building a flying vehicle providing doorstep access and high mileage like a car. Our product would enable short distance flying for commute at affordable costs. The funding demonstrates the confidence investors have in us. We are grateful for the support from both our Indian and foreign investors” Pranjal Mehta, co-founder and CEO, The ePlane Company, said in a statement.

“We aspire to offer a better product-market fit for a nearly door-to-door commute experience with the specific smart eVTOL configuration that we are working on. It is a unique wing-rotor combination taking advantage of an integrated aero-propulsion architecture,” said Satya Chakravarthy, co-founder and CTO, The ePlane Company, who has been on sabbatical since last year to take up this assignment.

“We are very excited for the ePlane Company, to add such a powerhouse of investors from the (Silicon) valley, whom we believe would bring strong market insights from North America and Europe. We consider this as one of few early milestones for India Deep-Tech to receive global acceptance. Our belief in the team and their vision stands tall and strong. We are seeing three electric plane companies listed via SPAC at billion dollar valuations, I consider us (ePlane) not far behind that" said Vishesh Rajaram, Managing Partner, Speciale Invest.

Published on March 03, 2021

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