Chinese Tesla rival Xpeng Motors gets $76 million investment from government


Xpeng CEO He Xiaopeng stands next to the company’s P7 electric sedan as he addresses media at the 2020 Beijing auto show.
Evelyn Cheng | CNBC

GUANGZHOU, China — Electric carmaker Xpeng Motors has got a new round of investment from the government of the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

The 500 million yuan ($76.9 million) funding from Guangdong Yuecai Investment Holdings Co., the province’s investment arm, will be used to “accelerate the company’s business expansion,” Xpeng said in a statement.

Xpeng is headquartered in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province. The region has been putting a focus on new energy vehicles and autonomous driving. Warren Buffett-backed electric carmaker BYD is based in Shenzhen, the tech powerhouse in Guangdong. And autonomous driving start-ups such as, WeRide and AutoX are all based in the province.

The investment will help to accelerate the “automobile industry’s strategic transition in Guangdong,” Xpeng said in a press release.

Since its $1.5 billion U.S. initial public offering in August, Xpeng has continued to raise money to fuel its growth, ramp up production and battle against domestic rivals as well as Tesla. In September, Xpeng received 4 billion yuan in financing from an arm of the Guangzhou government. In January, the company secured a credit line of 12.8 billion yuan from major state-owned banks.

The company has been focusing on building its manufacturing base with two wholly-owned factories — one in Zhaoqing and another currently under construction in Guangzhou.

After a big surge in 2020, Xpeng shares are under pressure this year and down about 18% year-to-date.

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