Electric Carmaker Raises $15 Million

Miles Electric Vehicles, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based electric car manufacturer, has raised $15 million in VC funding led by Angeleno Group



Miles Electric Vehicles announced today a $15,000,000 investment round led by the Los Angeles based private equity fund, Angeleno Group, with participation from existing investors. Funds will be used to advance the development of the all electric MILES XS500 highway speed sedan, which is powered by an advanced technology lithium-ion powertrain, and to expand its leadership in the low speed electric vehicle market.


“Several years ago we made a commitment to do something meaningful to reduce the effects of global warming and to lower our dependence on foreign oil,” said Miles Rubin, Chairman of Miles Electric Vehicles. “Today, we are pleased to announce this investment from Angeleno Group as part of their commitment to funding clean energy technology companies.”


Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Miles Electric Vehicles was founded in 2005 by entrepreneur Miles Rubin as an all electric, zero emissions vehicle manufacturer. MILES now successfully markets a line of low speed electric cars and trucks that combine the best of United States built motor and controller technology with the most efficient Chinese manufacturing and advanced battery production.


Daniel Weiss, Managing Partner of Angeleno Group, stated, “We are excited to lead the first institutional financing of Miles Electric Vehicles. The company has entered the global electric vehicle market with an innovative, practical approach combining best of breed U.S. and Chinese automobile and battery technology. Miles Rubin, a seasoned and proven entrepreneur, is building a world class company that we are confident will play a leading role in the growing clean transportation industry.”



Miles Electric Vehicles is dedicated to changing the world one car at a time by building safe, comfortable and affordable all electric cars and trucks that make it easy for individuals and fleets to make a difference. All MILES vehicles conform to U.S. NHTSA standards and are manufactured with safety and ease of use as prime considerations. To date the company has built a prestigious fleet customer base that includes the City of Chicago, NASA, UCLA, Cal Sate Polytechnic University, Stanford University, the U.S. Navy, the National Park Service, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Building on its low speed production expertise, MILES is proceeding to develop the first safe, affordable, mass produced highway speed all electric vehicle for distribution in the U.S. and EU in late 2009. To learn more about Miles Electric Vehicles visit www.milesev.com.



Angeleno Group is the leading Los Angeles based private equity firm focused on high growth investments in the energy sector. It makes investments broadly across the energy industry to support innovative, well-managed, early to expansion stage companies. Areas of particular interest include advanced generation, energy intelligence and control, clean transportation, renewables, transmission and distribution, power storage, and energy efficiency and conservation technology. To learn more about Angeleno Group visit www.angelenogroup.com.