Ideanomics announces that it has increased its stake in California-based Solectrac through a follow-on investment of an additional $1.3 million.
This additional investment reflects investment interest in Solectrac by ESG funds which is expected to close in the coming weeks. The Company announced that it acquired 14.7% of Solectrac for the consideration of $1.3 million.
“We are very impressed with Steve and the Solectrac team and their deep knowledge of the agricultural sector. We have been interested in this industry for some time because we knew EVs could have an immediate impact without the need for extensive infrastructure,”
says Alf Poor, CEO of Ideanomics.
“Solectrac is a pioneer in the electric tractor market and shares our motivation and passion for a cleaner tomorrow.”
According to Research And Markets, the global agricultural tractor market is currently valued at $75 billion, with the North American agricultural tractor market expected to reach $20 billion by 2023. The largest segment for agricultural tractors is the below-40HP segment, where Solectrac’s initial three models address the broad needs of the market. Its tractors are specifically designed to serve the needs of community-based farms, vineyards, orchards, equestrian arenas, greenhouses, and hobby farms.
“With our zero-emission electric tractors, tractor operators don’t have to choose between power and environmentally friendly practices,”
“My life’s work has been dedicated to creating clean, renewable alternatives to fossil fuels. Now—with Ideanomics and the company’s unique experience and industry perspective—we are well-positioned to achieve these goals.”
says Steve Heckeroth, CEO and founder of Solectrac and visionary in the renewable energy and EV industry.
Since this announcement, Solectrac experienced an increase in product and investment inquiries. This recent investment increases Ideanomics ownership to 24%, which will reduce to approximately 22% post-money once the additional third-party investment is finalized. The new investment by Ideanomics allows Ideanomics to increase its share of ownership sufficiently to recognize its stake in Solectrac under the equity method for US GAAP accounting purposes.
“We are very pleased to increase our investment in Steve and the Solectrac team, and we welcome the investment interest from funds looking to deploy capital in the clean energy and EV sector. We believe Solectrac has enormous potential and, given the uptick in both product inquiries and investment interest they are seeing, we exercised our rights to increase our stake so we can help Solectrac scale to meet anticipated market demand,”
said Alf Poor, CEO of Ideanomics.
“We are excited to work with Ideanomics to accelerate progress toward a cleaner, healthier future,”
said Steve Heckeroth, CEO/Founder of Solectrac.
Solectrac develops, assembles and distributes 100% battery-powered electric tractors— an alternative to diesel tractors—for agriculture and utility operations. Founded in 2012 to take electric tractors into commercial production, Solectrac was incorporated as a California Benefit Corp in 2019. It has received grants from the Indian U.S. Science and Technology Fund (IUSSTF) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Earlier this year, Solectrac received the World Alliance Solar Impulse Efficient Solutions label from the Solar Impulse Foundation. The label was awarded for being one of the one thousand most efficient and profitable solutions that can transition society to being economically viable while being environmentally sustainable.