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Indika Energy recently announced its latest collaboration with Alpha JWC Ventures and Horizons Ventures in the form of a joint investment in Ilectra Motor Group (IMG), a company that specializes in electric two-wheel vehicles.
First announced through Indika Energy’s public expose on 20 May 2022, IMG is Alpha JWC Ventures and Horizons Ventures’ first venture into the electric vehicles sector. IMG itself was founded to facilitate the partnership and build not only a two-wheeler brand but also its supporting ecosystem, which is very much still nascent, including EV Infrastructure for which further collaborations to be built with a partnership network. To achieve that, IMG raised USD 7.5 million from Alpha JWC Ventures and Horizon Ventures and another USD 7.5 million from Indika Energy’s additional equity investment. In total, IMG would raise USD 15 million to accelerate its development journey which started more than a year ago.
“As a diversified investment company, we aim to increase our non-coal revenue to 50 percent by 2025. Not only that, through IMG, we will be supporting the government’s target to reach 3.2 million units of two-wheel electric vehicles by 2035. Indika Energy is excited to partner with Alpha JWC Ventures and Horizons Ventures which is one of Indonesia’s first venture capital investments in this sector,” says Purbaja Pantja, Director and Group Chief Investment Officer at Indika Energy.
Indonesia is a fertile market with a large potential for electric two-wheel (E2W) vehicles. The country currently holds the highest two-wheelers ownership penetration in the world (around 42%, based on the number of vehicles owned per 100 population) and is the third-largest market for two-wheelers in general with 6 million motorcycles sold annually. Furthermore, the E2W market is projected to grow very fast as prices are comparable to existing non-E2W products with much lower operational costs, in addition to the government’s active role in pushing for renewable energy. Seeing the big potential, IMG sets a big target to become a leading two-wheel electric vehicle player in Indonesia.
IMG will come with a sophisticated electric two-wheelers design and top-of-the-line performance, completed with great customer experience, backed by supporting technology and a mobility ecosystem. The company is set to introduce its first fleet by the end of 2022.
“Indonesia’s E2W sector has abundant potential, yet there are only limited players today and none has attained widespread adoption. We are proud to partner with Indika Energy and Horizons Ventures to deliver the best two-wheel vehicle with an end-to-end ecosystem and experience that will cater to millions of riders soon. Together, we can build a greener, more sustainable world, one bike at a time,” says Chandra Tjan, CoFounder and General Partner at Alpha JWC Ventures.
“We are excited to be a part of IMG to help fast-track E2W adoption and offer a cleaner option to millions of riders in Indonesia. As the proliferation of automobile use and accelerating global climate change are inextricably linked, achieving significant reductions in vehicular emissions is a pressing mission. We believe that IMG’s holistic approach to create delightful customer experience will transform the mobility ecosystem to be greener and future-first.” says Frances Kang, Portfolio Curator at Horizons Ventures.