TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SOL Global Investments Corp. ("SOL Global" or the "Company") (CSE: SOL) (OTCPK: SOLCF) (Frankfurt: 9SB) is pleased to announce the launch of a specialized investment company called House of Lithium (“House of Lithium”), which will target businesses that are leading the way in the green revolution. In connection with the launch of House of Lithium, SOL Global plans to divest its current portfolio of electric vehicle, green tech and clean tech investments to House of Lithium, with further plans to raise approximately CAD $8 million in connection with House of Lithium’s planned go-public transaction.
House of Lithium plans to provide growth equity to small and mid-sized companies in the electric mobility value chain, including but not limited to:
- Recreational, commercial & commuter electric vehicles (“EVs”) for both land and water
- Batteries and other energy storage technology
- Electric mobility infrastructure
- Resource-related proven commodities
- Energy efficient crypto and blockchain
- Hydrogen power
House of Lithium will invest in companies with strong management and robust business models that require capital to compete in high growth sectors. House of Lithium will leverage its extensive experience and network of relationships to provide advice and strategic opportunities in respect of strategic partnerships, mergers, acquisitions, going public and other transactions in this sector.
Among the assets that SOL Global plans to divest to House of Lithium are:
Damon Motors Inc.: Damon is unleashing the full potential of personal mobility for the world’s commuters. With its HyperDrive™ proprietary electric powertrain, the company has developed the world’s safest, smartest, fully connected electric motorcycles employing sensor fusion, robotics and artificial intelligence. All of Damon’s motorcycles come equipped with a variety of unique safety and rider comfort features, including CoPilot, a 360° advanced warning system utilizing a combination of cameras, radar, and non-visual sensors to inform the rider of impending obstacles, and Shift, which enables a rider to adjust handlebar and peg positions while their ride is underway. Damon’s investors include Round13 Capital, Techstars, Fontinalis Partners, Extreme Venture Partners, and Pallasite Ventures. Visit https://damon.com/.
Tevva Motors Ltd.: Tevva is a leading developer of electrification systems for commercial vehicles with a strong management team and a strong track record of key milestone achievements. Its technology across the electric powertrain drives superior performance, is applicable to a broad range of vehicles and duty cycles, and provides a solution which prevents emissions in urban areas, whilst enabling a fully practical vehicle for operators. Tevva has a modular approach to its technology design, enabling cost-effective integration into OEM vehicle platforms resulting in numerous competitive benefits for end users, including a significant reduction in total cost of ownership compared to diesel vehicles. Tevva has developed and deployed directly with customers, and is now ready to scale production volumes. Visit https://tevva.com/.
Reby Inc.: Reby operates through 3 complementary business lines in the micro mobility, scooter rental and direct to consumer electric micro mobility markets. It has over 10,000 vehicles and operates in 12 cities within Europe. Reby contributes to the shared micro mobility ecosystem in Europe by sharing its expertise in logistics and public administration with partners such as the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, the Universitat de Girona, and the Politecnico di Milano, to ultimately accelerate deregulation and mass adoption of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) solutions. Visit https://www.reby.co/.
Simply EV: Simply EV is a specialized online and physical store that allows manufacturers of personal electrical vehicles to showcase and sell their products, while offering financing and accessibility solutions. Simply EV offers a thoughtful curation of micro mobility products and an outstanding customer centric shopping experience. Simply EV’s product mix of e-bikes, kick scooters, electric motorcycles, e-marine, lifestyle, and other accessories are manufactured to the highest standards to provide a safe, fun, and reliable riding experience. Headquartered in Miami, Simply EV is a unit of Revolution Brands International, LLC. Revolution Brands International recently acquired majority stake in Kimoa. Simply EV will be the preferred retailer for Kimoa across the US. Visit https://www.simplyev.com/.
Switch Motorcycles: Switch is a new wave production electric motorcycle company founded in 2017 which, in early 2020, launched its pre-production prototype - the globally acclaimed eSCRAMBLER™. The product was designed entirely in 3D by ex-Yamaha Japan Advanced Labs and former Flat Tracking champion Michel Riis Eriksen, and won the Bike EXIF 2020 Bike of the Year. Visit https://switchmotorcycles.com/.
Arevo: Arevo is a leading 3D printing company that works with product makers to develop and manufacture a wide variety of products from mopeds to drones, with ultra-strong lightweight continuous carbon fiber. Arevo enables more complex structural parts over traditional composites and additive manufacturing solutions to iterate products faster and explore mass customization. Arevo recently closed a USD $25 million financing round led by Khosla Ventures and with new participation from venture capital firm Founders Fund. Visit https://arevo.com/.
Navier: Navier is building long-range, high-speed electric hydrofoiling boats that provide a smooth zero emission ride. Navier aims to enable clean, efficient, and affordable waterborne transportation for congested coastal cities around the world by reducing small marine vessel operational cost by 90%. Navier was founded by two MIT engineers: Sampriti Bhattacharyya who holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT and has worked on flight control systems at NASA, and Reo Baird who previously worked at McKinsey and is an autonomous systems specialist. Visit https://www.navierboat.com/.
House of Lithium will be overseen by Chairman and CEO, Andy DeFrancesco, with Paul Kania as Chief Financial Officer, Richard Waxman as President and Jacob Carbonaro as Chief Analyst. Alex Spiro will also be joining the Company’s board of directors and will serve as Non-Executive Vice Chair.
“Our historic successes have come from finding ‘the next sector’ and making big, concentrated bets early while valuations are low and way before Joe Public investor has jumped on the train,” said SOL Global CEO, Andy DeFrancesco. “While EV is still early in the auto sector it’s very active and valuations are becoming substantial. We are differentiating ourselves by focusing on commuter, recreational and delivery vehicles for both land and water and everything required to power them. We are also looking at various other green initiatives - particularly in clean technology – as it relates to the optimization of air and water.”
SOL Global plans to provide more information on House of Lithium on an ongoing basis, with near term announcements expected regarding new investments, onboarding of advisors and board of directors, as well as further details with respect to the financing and planned go public transaction.
About SOL Global Investments Corp.:
SOL Global is a diversified investment and private equity holding company engaged in the small and mid-cap sectors. The Company’s investment partnerships range from minority positions to large strategic holdings with active advisory mandates. The Company’s six primary business segments include Retail (QSR & Hospitality), Agriculture (including Cannabis), Technology (with a focus on Clean-Tech and Electric Vehicles), Esports and Gaming, Cryptocurrency, and New Age Wellness. The Company’s head office is located at 100 King Street West, Suite 5600, Toronto, Ontario, M5X 1C9.
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