[BEIJING] Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Xpeng Motors, backed by Alibaba Group Holding, said on Monday it has raised around US$500 million in the latest funding round.
As enthusiasm builds for more climate-friendly vehicles, the share prices of EV makers, including Tesla and Nio, have surged in recent months and auto makers are looking to the markets for funds.
Xpeng's rival Li Auto earlier this month filed for a US initial public offering.
The investors in Xpeng's C+ funding round include Aspex, Coatue, Hillhouse and Sequoia Capital China, Xpeng said in a statement. It did not disclose the valuation of the six-year-old company.
Xpeng, led by chief executive He Xiaopeng, is making electric G3 sport-utility vehicles and P7 sedans with autonomous driving capabilities in two Chinese plants.
The funding will enable Xpeng to further develop intelligent vehicle technologies. It also plans to have around 200 showrooms in China by the end of this year.
Last November, Xpeng raised US$400 million from investors including Xiaomi. Sources told Reuters at the time that investors valued the company at nearly US$4 billion.