UP.Partners, a mobility focused multi-strategy investment firm and parent of TransportUP released its inaugural Moving WorldReport: 2023 Macro and Micro Trends in Mobility today. The report draws evidence from dozens of interviews and hundreds of research studies to explore the multiplicity of important innovations and market dynamics impacting the movement of people and goods on the ground, in the air, at sea, and in space.

Some of the critical takeaways from the report include:

Investment: mobility funding has outpaced most tech sectors

Mobility VC has seen a 30X increase in funding since 2013

$130B allocated out of the Inflation Reduction Act towards batteries & renewables, clean transportation, and hydrogen – likely to ignite significant innovation in the domestic US mobility ecosystem

Last mile and EVs have made up almost 50% of the dollars deployed since 2020 in mobility VC

12% of all VC over the last 10 years went to mobility

Mobility tech stocks have exhibited more volatility than broader markets during the market correction in 2022, likely an artifact of the recent SPAC bubble

Environmental: mobility has become the most important climate segment

Mobility represents 37% of U.S. CO2 emissions, the largest of any sector, with ground transportation representing 78% of that total, sea transportation at 11%, air transportation at 10%, and rail at just 1%

38% of climate tech/sustainability related investment dollars were made in mobility related companies

Batteries: shortages of battery raw materials will impact carmakers’ ability to meet EV targets — putting  EV mandates in conflict with manufacturing reality

Lithium price index went up almost 800% from 2020-2022

Battery demand expected to increase by 900% by 2030

The massive supply/demand dislocation for lithium, cobalt, and nickel is likely to increase the cost of EVs to consumers

For the first time in 12 years, battery prices are going up per kWh, even though cell energy density is improving

With current EV mandates, the U.S. is facing an existential national security energy risk by not establishing firm battery supply before pivoting market to 100% EVs

U.S. is not well prepared to take on the additional electric load of EVs, at least in states that transitioned rapidly to renewable energy — if every car in California were electric today, electricity consumption would likely increase by 47%

Aviation: radical innovation is required to reverse aviation CO2 emissions trend

Cargo drones did 192% more drone deliveries in 2022 compared to 2021

65,000 pilot shortage is expected by 2030 globally, a massive shortage that could cripple airlines and aircraft manufacturers, particularly regional airlines

Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is the only rational pathway to making a real dent in aviation CO2 emissions in the next 10 – 15 years

Over the long-term, hydrogen oers the most impactful potential strategy for decarbonizing aviation

Space: hypersonic travel and o-planet logistics are coming quickly

More than a dozen companies are pursuing hypersonic jets

Lunar exploration will open up new opportunities beyond our imagination with voyages to Mars and a permanent human presence on the Moon just on the horizon

SpaceX Starship will “change the game,” reducing the cost of getting a kilogram to orbit by orders of magnitude

The insights in The Moving World Report will help startup founders, investors, regulators, corporations, and decision-makers successfully navigate these fundamental forces and better prepare for the likely futures of the moving world.

“Technology is disrupting aviation, EV adoption is accelerating at rapid pace, and electric 2- and 3-wheelers are displacing 1 million barrels of oil a day. Yet, the mobility sector has emerged as the largest CO2 contributor in the U.S. As many opportunities as there are in this rapidly transforming industry, there are even more challenges to be addressed”, said Cyrus Sigari, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of UP.Partners.“Transforming the moving world by moving people and goods cleaner, faster, safer, and at lower costs is a shared mission among governments, investors, and entrepreneurs alike. It is our hope that industry leaders and their teams will use the Moving World Report as a guide to confront the challenges and unlock the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Why it’s important: The Moving World report is a comprehensive view of future mobility innovations and provides a forecast for the movers and shakers of the next decade of mobility technology. Look for developments in the four primary areas of the report, land, air, sea, and space to continue to accelerate their trajectories in the coming years as UP.Partners continues to invest in business development resources, incubation atmospheres, and traditional strategic capital deployments to help change the moving world.

Read the full 2023 Moving World Report here

Posted by Naish Gaubatz