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Ideanomics Announces Strategic Investment in Prettl Electronics Automotive to Accelerate Fleet and Public Charging Applications in North America

  • Prettl Electronics Automotive (“PEA”) is a business unit of German family-owned electronics conglomerate Prettl Group
  • PEA has developed an innovative high-power EV charging infrastructure solution that is expected to be broadly available in 2023, following ongoing field testing and achievement of certification requirements.
  • Strategic Investment is for a 30% stake in PEA, includes Ideanomics receiving exclusive sales and distribution rights for North America
  • Investment to be used to accelerate the development of charging infrastructure systems tailored for the U.S. & Canadian markets

Ideanomics, announced that it has made a strategic investment in Prettl Electronics Automotive (“PEA”), a business unit within the Prettl Group, a large German industrial company that manufactures and distributes components and systems for the automotive, energy, and electronics industries. The deal terms include a strategic investment of €7.5M (~$9M) for a 30% ownership stake.  Ideanomics will receive exclusive sales and distribution rights for PEA charging infrastructure products and solutions in North America and CEO Alf Poor will join PEA’s Board of Directors.

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Headquartered in Radeberg, Germany, PEA was formed to develop the hardware and software for a modular, scalable high performance (up to 2.0 MW) public charging park solution for electric vehicles. The PEA charging infrastructure addresses the need to stand up high-power EV charging infrastructure on a temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent basis, and benefits from dynamic, load-balanced, energy distribution based on the individual power requirements of concurrent charging connections. PEA’s charging systems are expected to be broadly available beginning in 2023, following ongoing field testing and achievement of certification requirements.

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“The opportunity to work with Prettl brings together two companies with a global perspective for what is required to bring EV Mobility solutions to global markets. The PEA team’s innovative approach, both in terms of potential to deploy high-power charging infrastructure and the dynamic load balancing of charging by energy requirements at an individual vehicle level, is among the most progressive EV charging solutions we have seen,” said Ideanomics CEO Alf Poor. “PEA fulfills a critical component of our EV enablement strategy, and we look forward to supporting them as both an investor and as a regional partner. PEA greatly adds to the family of products, services, and technologies we are assembling that are synergistic, in-demand, and high-value, and ultimately positions Ideanomics to capture revenues and market share throughout the commercial EV value chain.”

“We are strategically aligned with Ideanomics and excited to enter this partnership with their innovative and dedicated team,” said Carsten Ellermeier, CEO of Prettl Electronics Automotive. “North America is still an untapped market for us and represents a tremendous growth opportunity for PEA. When we looked for a potential partner in North America, it was clear that Ideanomics was the perfect choice based on its strong focus on commercial fleet applications and the unique ecosystem of synergistic subsidiaries. From innovative charging products to strategic financing solutions, the Ideanomics partnership will allow PEA to scale our business and accelerate product development and sales of our charging solutions in the United States by year-end 2022 to meet demand.”

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PEA strengthens Ideanomics’ charging infrastructure offering which includes the Company’s recent acquisition of Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification, Inc. (“WAVE”), a market leader in inductive charging systems for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles. Leveraging PEA’s expertise, the deal will provide Ideanomics with robust charging infrastructure solutions which can rapidly deploy with or without grid connectivity, positioning the company to meet the needs of electric vehicle fleet operators and offer a full range of charging infrastructure products for commercial and public applications. It will also provide the opportunity to create a modular charging solution configured and tailored specifically for the US grid and focused on EV fleet deployment. The investment also offers access to the Prettl Group family of companies, which includes leading experts in automotive and power electronics industries, and supports the development of Ideanomics’ full suite of energy provision and storage concepts.

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