February 7, 2023

European on-demand from customers motor vehicle service Virtuo raises $96M

Paris-centered
Virtuo, a startup positioning itself as an alternative to vehicle ownership, has
lifted $96 million in a blend of Series C funding of $60 million and
pan-European asset-based funding of $36 million.

The
Series C round was led by AXA Undertaking Associates with participation from Bpifrance,
Alpha Intelligence Money and H14 along with present buyers Balderton
Funds, Iris Funds and Increase Ventures. The asset-dependent funding arrives from
Natixis and numerous members of the Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne Team.

Established
in 2016, Virtuo’s
last equity round arrived in 2019 and, collectively with this funding, brings
full equity elevated to almost $100 million.

Virtuo
suggests the new funding will be invested in improvement of its technological innovation and to “launch
progressive new expert services that will position its automobile on-demand from customers services as a key
substitute to auto possession.” The company also strategies to accelerate growth
across Europe and mature its fleet of electric powered vehicles.

Virtuo
consumers reserve and access their autos using the supplier’s mobile application, with offer at present available in metropolitan areas in France, Spain and the United Kingdom. The
business is also launching a automobile shipping service, now out there in
London, Paris and Madrid. 

“Our ambition for Virtuo
and our vehicle on-need support is to reinvent our partnership with automobiles, to supply all the
benefits that cars can give although using technological know-how to clear away the actual physical stress,”
suggests Karim Kaddoura, Virtuo’s co-founder. 

“We think you must be equipped to
access a vehicle the very same way you stream music or movies: the car or truck ought to show up on
demand from customers when you need to have it but disappear from sight when you don’t.”

Virtuo
plans to increase to Milan later on this month and Germany by 2022. The startup is
also aiming to have 50% of its fleet electric by 2025 and 100% electrical by
2030.

“The business delivers a accurate option
to possessing personal cars and trucks for metropolis dwellers who wish to use far more sustainable
shared mobility solutions. Born in the electronic era, Virtuo’s 100% electronic
working experience is backed by potent technological know-how and artificial intelligence to enhance
its functions. We are convinced that the mobility of tomorrow will have to be designed
with potent engineering at its core, addressing new behaviors and with the
flexibility of decision of a multimodal provide,” states Caroline
Lebel of Bpifrance.