Carla, a Swedish e-commerce firm for electric cars, announced that it has secured €10M in a funding round led by VNV Global.
Inbox Capital, Luminar Ventures, Max Ventures, Voi Technologies’ co-founder Fredrik Hjelm, and the founders of Swedish fintech company Anyfin, also participated in the funding round.
Carla claims the funding will enable it to accelerate building infrastructure, international expansion, and hire tech talent across the development and marketing department.
Carla: What you need to know
Founded by Patrik Illerstig and Niklas Jungegård in 2021, Carla enables customers to sell, lease or buy an electric car online with delivery available within 72 hours.
The company ensures its cars are in good condition through rigorous testing. Customers receive a 12-month guarantee, favourable financing, a 14-day right of withdrawal, and free returns.
To date, the company has sold more than 150 electric cars since its inception.
Patrik Illerstig, CEO of Carla, says, “The appetite for e-commerce is expanding as we speak. The traditional way of buying a car needs a challenger – so here we are. With Carla, we want to offer everyone who wants to buy, sell or lease an electric car a convenient, personal, and safe alternative. The interest in the business has been enormous since our launch and we’re almost selling cars at a faster pace than we are able to buy them. We are also very proud of the response among our consumers, reflected through our high ratings on Trustpilot.”
Based out of Stockholm, VNV Global is an investment company that has a special focus on online marketplaces and businesses with strong network effects.
“Carla is developing the next-generation way of getting an electric car. The company is challenging the traditional way of buying vehicles with a modern and novel solution. The market for EVs is already huge and will grow to hundreds of billions of euros – just in Europe. Both Patrik and Niklas have extensive experience in the startup world, across the tech and automotive, so if there’s anyone who’s able to penetrate the market, it’s them,” says Per Brilioth, CEO of VNV Global.