- Government and ride hailing sector focus on electric vehicle market to achieve clean air goals
- Fund raise will support WeFlex to save almost 300,000 tonnes of carbon
- Continued ULEZ adoption in UK cities creating increased demand for EV’s from c.230,000 UK private hire drivers
LONDON, 28th FEBRUARY 2022: WeFlex, an electric vehicle (“EV”) finance business, has appointed EY to drive its £60m fund raising efforts. The funds, a mixture of debt and equity, will be utilised to support its goal to get ride-hailing drivers to switch to EV’s, supercharging efforts to transition the ride hailing industry’s greener future.
WeFlex is an approved Uber Clean Air Plan partner, providing EVs to Private Hire Ride-Hailing Drivers (market size of approximately 230,000 individuals, including but not exclusive to Uber) through a flexible vehicle financing product, where the customer owns the vehicle at the end of the agreement. The Clean Air Fund is currently sitting at £145m.
WeFlex is a data rich business with the latest in-vehicle telematics technology. As well as vehicle finance WeFlex provide the option of short-term vehicle rental to allow ride hailing drivers to get comfortable with switching to an EV as well as insurance, vehicle servicing, PCO licensing and more.
Since inception, WeFlex has raised £2m in equity from investors, as well as debt of £27m. The new round of fund-raising announced today aims to significantly ramp up capital stocks, focused on debt and equity. The investment will support a strategic goal of reaching a 10,000-strong EV fleet by 2025, and will help save almost 300,000 tonnes of carbon – the equivalent of 29.5m gallons of diesel or 12.7m bags of household waste recycled.
Nicko Williamson, CEO and co-founder of WeFlex, comments: “We are passionate about accelerating the adoption of EV’s in the Ride-Hailing market. There is a huge and pressing opportunity for WeFlex to play a major part in helping the ride hailing market switch to EV’s, helped by Uber’s commitment to be a 100% EV platform in London by 2025 plus clean air zones coming in across major UK cities. We are raising further funding to capitalise on this opportunity, giving WeFlex the ability to scale faster as more ride hailing drivers look to make the switch to EV’s. We chose EY due to their breadth of experience, network, team and reach which we believe will help us access relevant pools of capital and partners who can help us grow the business.”
Nick Parkhouse, EY Corporate Finance Partner, adds: “We are poised to drive this fundraising round, and are excited to be a part of WeFlex’s sustainability agenda, as they look to deliver much-needed EVs into London and the wider UK ride hailing market. The EV market will increasingly be a core element in the shift to green and to our collective mission to lower emissions in the UK. EY’s expertise in the auto leasing and wider energy transition sectors will come to the fore, and we are pleased to be supporting such a progressive and ESG-linked fund-raise.”