TELO Announces Funding by Neo for Electric Truck Build

TELO Announces Funding by Neo for Electric Truck Build

Closing the fundraising round further validated TELO's prediction of where the EV industry is headed, said Jason Marks, co-founder and CEO.

TELO announced $5.4M in strategic funding round led by Ali Partovi of Neo, with additional investment from Spero Ventures and angel investors. The closing of this strategic fundraising signifies TELO’s continued business growth.

“Small is the new big, even in pickup trucks,” said Ali Partovi, CEO of Neo. “I love backing founders like Jason and Forrest who have the vision to turn a massive industry on its head.”

This follows a $1.78M pre-seed funding round announced at launch in June 2023, which was led by GoAhead Ventures, with additional investment from Underdog LabsWorkPlay Ventures and Yves Béhar (Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer) in addition to some angel investors.

“Closing this fundraising round has further validated our prediction of where the EV industry is headed,” said Jason Marks, co-founder and CEO of TELO. “We’re being extremely strategic with our investments and we’re grateful that Ali, Marc and our additional investors align with our unique approach in the industry. With their support and funding we’re even more excited and confident about the next phase for building the TELO Truck.”

Described by the company as a mini-truck with purpose, the TELO Truck has redesigned what an electric truck looks like by taking advantage of the best in electric and autonomous tech, using advanced driving and safety technologies. 

The team has intentionally leveraged its funding to not only build the most size-efficient electric truck, but also offer solutions for drivers in urban environments that are not typically conducive to larger trucks, the company said.

In late 2023, the team took the next step in its proof of concept with the development of a drivable chassis. Most recently, the team has continued to progress and finalized the roll cage for the vehicle, an important step in the lead up to a final prototype. Looking ahead, TELO will eventually hand build the first set of vehicles (approximately 500) to deliver to customers and eventually scale for manufacturing for mass delivery.

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