EV maker Xpeng raises $500 million

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BEIJING/HONG KONG — Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Xpeng Motors, backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, said Monday it has raised around $500 million in its latest funding round.

As enthusiasm builds for more climate-friendly vehicles, shares of EV makers, including Tesla Inc. and Nio Inc., have surged in recent months and auto makers are looking to the markets for funds.

Li Auto, Xpeng’s rival, filed for a U.S. initial public offering earlier this month.

Investors in Xpeng’s latest funding round include Aspex, Coatue, Hillhouse and Sequoia Capital China, six-year-old Xpeng said in a statement, without disclosing the company’s valuation.

Last November, the EV maker raised $400 million from investors including Xiaomi Corp. Sources told Reuters at the time that investors valued the company at nearly $4 billion.

Xpeng, led by CEO He Xiaopeng, is making electric G3 utility vehicles and P7 sedans with autonomous driving capabilities in two Chinese plants.

The funding will enable Xpeng to further develop intelligent vehicle technologies. The company plans to have about 200 showrooms in China by the end of this year.

China’s sales of new energy vehicles fell for a twelfth straight month in June. NEVs include battery-powered electric, plug-in petrol-electric hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

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Saurabh Shukla

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