- NETE plans to divest payments processing model to enter EV industry through proposed merger with privately-held Mullen Technologies Inc.
- Merger allows Mullen stakeholders to obtain majority of stock while accelerating process of taking company public, funding US expansion
- Mullen accepting reservations for Dragonfly K50 sports car and MX-05 SUV, production for both projected to start in 2021
- California-based Mullen subsidiaries include Mullen Energy, Mullen Auto Sales, Mullen Finance Corp., CarHub digital marketplace
Future generations may look back and wonder how humanity withstood the exhaust fumes, noise and environmental degradation created by fossil fuel engines. The downsides of combustible engines, rising fuel prices and positive government incentives are all factors driving EVs into the mainstream – and some experts predict purely electric models will surpass hybrids during the transition. Net Element (NASDAQ: NETE), through its proposed merger with Mullen Technologies, is planning to divest its payments processing business model to enter the burgeoning EV industry. The strategic move will allow the stakeholders of privately held Mullen to gain a majority of the new stock while catalyzing the process of taking the company public and accelerating its expansion in the United States.
The bold move comes at a time of rapid industry expansion amid growing concern for the environment among the general public and policy-makers. Falling battery prices, government mandates and consumer incentives are propelling the industry forward, prompting some industry experts to predict that the pure electric models will surpass hybrids within the next few years as the transition takes place.
“I think we’ll see a faster transition to pure EVs,” said Dane Parker, an industry executive and participant at Business Insider’s IGNITION: Transportation virtual event (https://ibn.fm/cJ470). Besides his belief that hybrids are more complex to engineer, Parker predicts that by 2025 battery prices will have dropped substantially, resulting in the accelerated adoption of pure electric vehicles and their eventual dominance over hybrids.
Through its subsidiaries that include Mullen Auto Sales, Mullen Finance Corp., a digital marketplace called CarHub and battery-focused Mullen Energy, Mullen Technologies has already made significant headway in the US. Among the company’s expansion plans is the production of the Dragonfly K50 luxury electric sports car at its new proposed 1.3 million square-foot assembly and manufacturing space in Spokane, Washington. Featuring a Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS), the Dragonfly boasts a range of up to 310 miles and can accelerate from 0-60 miles/hour in under 4.2 seconds. Limited to only 1000 units, the company has started accepting reservations with production set to begin next year.
Pre-orders for another Mullen vehicle – the five-passenger MX-05 – have also begun. Production for the pure electric all-wheel SUV is set to begin in 2021 with deliveries set for mid-2022. Starting at $55,000, the MX-05 boasts a range of 325 miles on a single charge and can hit 60 miles/hour from zero in just 3.2 seconds.
Formerly a global financial technology and value-added solutions group, NETE plans to leverage the increased demand for electric vehicles through a proposed merger with Mullen Technologies. Based in California, Mullen Technologies engages in electric vehicle manufacturing across an international distribution network, partnering with several original equipment manufacturers across the world to provide exciting EV options for the US market.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.NetElement.com.
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