Alibaba, Foxconn invest $350m in Chinese electric car startup Xiaopeng

Employees and visitors are reflected on a glass panel at the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. headquarters in Hangzhou, China, on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Foxconn Technology Group led a new fundraising round by electric carmaker Xiaopeng Motors, investing 2.2 billion yuan ($350 million) in the startup as a push toward battery-powered vehicles intensifies.

The latest funding puts the total investment in Xiaopeng at 5 billion yuan, according to a statement sent by the carmaker. Other investors also include IDG Capital, the company said.

Xiaopeng is among the startups striving to become China’s Tesla Inc. and upend the existing auto sector. It completed Series-A fundraising round in December, with Alibaba, GGV Capital and Matrix Partners China among the investors. The carmaker plans to start selling its first model, the G3 crossover, this year.

The investment marks Alibaba’s latest move in the automotive industry, as the Internet giant is betting connected cars will generate new revenue. The Hangzhou-based group has developed its own car operating system.

Representatives for Alibaba and Foxconn confirmed the investment.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.