Mobile app for EV drivers eliminates range anxiety

Bonnet, a startup focused on improving the experience of electric vehicle drivers, has raised a £920,000 pre-seed round from investors including the Imperial College Innovation Fund (ICIF).

Bonnet has launched a mobile app that aims to eliminate range anxiety for electric vehicle drivers by granting access to EV charging points away from home. It combines locating, routing and paying for EV charging across the range of available charging infrastructure – public, semi-public and even private.

Launched in January 2021, Bonnet offers customers confidence in accessing chargers along their journey, transparent pricing and reliable real-time information on charger availability. Over 30,000 charging locations are listed on the app and the company has launched partnerships with fleet and rideshare companies including FreeNow, Porsche and Green Tomato Cars.

ICIF has invested £300,000 in Bonnet Electric as part of a £920k pre-seed round from investors including Ascension Ventures, Axel Springer Porsche and Business Angels.

Bonnet was founded in 2020 by Imperial alumni Patrick Reich and Eliot Makabu (MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering), following the completion of their studies, which focused on electricity balancing and storage.

Patrick Reich, CEO and Co-founder of Bonnet, said: “Our vision for Bonnet is to develop a super app that supports electric vehicle users to do everything they need to make EV ownership better. Securing access to charging away from home is the first step. Our focus following this funding round is to grow our userbase and bring on board more Charging Point Operators, in order to continue validating with customers.”

Brijesh Roy, Seed Investment Manager at Imperial College London, said: “Patrick and Eliot are young entrepreneurs who have built successfully on their scientific training and the entrepreneurial support available across Imperial College London. As well as supporting EV owners, Bonnet’s vision of improving access to EV infrastructure supports Imperial’s sustainability goals, and we are delighted to support this exciting business through its seed funding round.”

Bonnet is available for download on both App Store and Play Store. Use the code “HELLO” when registering to get a month of free charging!


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