Pillsbury has published the second installment of a three-part climatetech research series based on PitchBook’s proprietary Venture Monitor methodology. Featuring exclusive commentary from three of the firm’s leading energy transition authorities, the report, Climatetech: Spotlight on Mobilitytech, takes a closer look at the second-largest subsegment of climatetech, which saw more than $2 billion of the sector’s $5 billion in venture capital invested in Q1 2022.

In the report, Pillsbury partners Mona Dajani, Reza Zarghamee and Shaalu Mehra provide comprehensive insight on the trends driving the sustained growth of investment in mobilitytech.

“The biggest accelerator of e-mobility transition is government putting standards in place that direct automakers down a decarbonized pathway,” said Mona Dajani, the global co-leader of Pillsbury’s Energy and Infrastructure Projects Team. “The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s provision of $7.5 billion to jump start EV adoption was a good start, as are the included EV tax incentives intended to spur consumer demand, but we still have a way to go.”

Exit activity in mobilitytech broke records in 2021, exceeding $75 billion for a 336% increase over 2020. And in Q1 2022, median climatetech deal sizes rose across all investment stages, indicating long-term confidence in the sector.

“Mobility is one area of climatetech where we are beginning to see policy alignment between the U.S. and other leading markets, not to mention the efforts of EV manufacturers and other businesses to seize market opportunities,” said Reza Zarghamee, a Pillsbury Environmental & Natural Resources partner.

Key findings in the report’s trend data include:

  • VC deal value for mobilitytech companies spiked to $20.6 billion in 2021, nearly doubling from 2020, as venture activity hastened across many industries. VC activity in the subsegment slowed in Q1 2022, with just $2 billion in deal value across 33 deals.
  • The lion’s share of mobilitytech VC deal value is unsurprisingly attributed to Series D and later deals, with deal count in the category more than doubling between 2020 and 2021.
  • Historically, mobilitytech deals have been concentrated within the $1 million to $5 million and $25 million+ ranges. But in recent years, the gap between the two has widened, with the $25 million-plus range extending its lead. Of the 33 deals closed in Q1 2022, 18 were over $25 million.

“It’s clear that the Rubicon has been crossed by the automotive industry: they are not turning back on the transition to battery electric vehicles,” said Shaalu Mehra, a Pillsbury Corporate partner who regularly represents clients in the mobilitytech segment.

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