Million Dollars

of revenue from sale of EVs, EV charging and batteries in 2020



250 KW - 500 KW is the power with which Ideanomics’ system can charge electric fleets


Million Dollars

in total revenue in 2020

The Path to Drawdown: Electric Vehicles

The first electric vehicle (EV) prototype was created in the 1820s, but its inability to build a lightweight, durable battery with adequate range allowed internal combustion engines to dominate the automotive and transport landscape since the 1920s.

Today, that’s changing. Thanks to supportive policies and declining costs, there are millions of EVs on the road. The difference in their impact on the climate is remarkable. Compared to combustion engine vehicles, CO2 emissions drop by 50% if an EV’s power comes from the conventional power grid. If powered by solar energy, emissions are cut by 95%. Once households purchase EVs, the operating costs for those cars are often cheaper than gas-based cars, too.

What used to be a roadbump for EVs -- the question of how far the car can travel on a single charge -- is now much less of a concern. The average range of a battery electric vehicle produced in 2020 is about 217.5 miles, up from 124 miles in 2015

What’s making this increase in mileage possible is the development in battery capacity. Global EV battery capacity is expected to increase from around 170 GWh per year today to 1.5 TWh per year in 2030. At the same time, the cost of batteries is falling as their production reaches greater scale. 

To be on track to remain under 1.5ºC of warming, 100% of passenger cars and vans (p. 138) need to be electric by 2050. This is a jump from 5% of cars and 0% of vans in 2020, respectively. Accomplishing this overhaul of the transportation landscape would require EV production and ownership to continue expanding over the next three decades:

  • 11 million EV cars and vans were on the road in 2020
  • 2 billion EV cars and vans (100% of total global sales) need to be on the road by 2050

This would require a CAGR of 18.94% from 2018-2050


Ideanomics, Inc. (stock ticker: IDEX) is a global electric vehicle company focused on commercial electric vehicles and associated sustainable energy consumption. Headquartered in New York City, Ideanomics offers their products through a network of subsidiaries in the US, China, Malaysia, Latin America and Europe.

IDEX's Role in Drawdown

Ideanomics wholly owns several subsidiaries that offer a diverse set of electric vehicles and EV charging solutions. The combination of products from these subsidiaries and investments lower the barrier to entry for fleet operators to adopt zero emission fleets. For example:

  • Mobile ENergy Global offers commercial EVs in China
  • Medici will work with strategic partners to develop a line of medium- and heavy-duty buses, trucks and off-road vehicles to provide commercial fleet operators more vehicle options in the US, Latin America and Europe
  • Treeletrik sells electric bikes, scooters, and batters throughout Southeast Asia
  • Solectrac develops, assembles, and distributes 100% battery-powered electric tractors for agriculture and utility operations.
  • WAVE offers high power wireless charging systems for a broad range of commercial transportation, including mass transit, ports, and warehouse and distribution centers. WAVE’s charging system automatically charges vehicles during scheduled stops.

IDEX: What We Like

Ideanomics continues to expand their corporate network through acquisitions and investments (pp. 4-5) in the EV market:

  • They acquired 100% of WAVE in January 2021
  • Ideanomics purchased 20% of Energica, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance electric motorcycles, in March 2021
  • They also invested $15 million in Silk EV, an Italian engineering and design services company to produce fully electric, luxury vehicles in the Chinese and international markets

IDEX: What We Want to See Improve

Eliminate Combustion Engine Vehicle Business

While not their primary focus, Ideanomics does sell combustion engine vehicles if a client places an order. In 2020, they sold $5.16 million (p. 32) worth of combustion engine vehicles, or ~19.3% of total revenue. We urge Ideanomics to stop selling fossil fuel-based vehicles and focus exclusively on electric mobility.

Stick with the EV Business

Ideanomics’ EV business is the latest in a long chain (p. 2) of the company’s business concentrations. Between 2010 and 2017, their primary business was to provide premium content video on demand in China. Starting in 2017, they became a financial technology company and also traded petroleum products and electronic components. We believe Ideanomics in its current form is doing invaluable work by increasing EVs in the commercial and agricultural markets, and urge them to continue this line of business.

Disclose GHG Emissions

Currently, Ideanomics doesn’t make any sustainability information available. We want to press them to change this state of affairs by tracking and reporting their direct and indirect GHG emissions, as well as the amount of energy consumed by source. These metrics should be reported in an annual sustainability report.

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