Baidu-backed Chinese EV startup WM raises $1.5 billion in funding round

On Tuesday, Baidu-backed Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup WM Motor said, it has raised $1.47 billion (10 billion yuan) in its latest funding round. In recent months, shares of Electric Vehicle makers, including that of Tesla Inc, have surged with auto makers looking to the markets for funds. Incidentally, China’s Xpeng Inc and Li Auto…

China unveils financial incentives to boost adoption of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

On Monday, China finance ministry stated, it plans on rolling new policies to support hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in order to boost the industry’s supply chain and related technologies. China has emerged as the world’s biggest market for new energy vehicles (NEVs), which includes plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles as well as and hydrogen fuel…

Trump does not want ByteDance to have controlling stake in TikTok: senior administration official

According to a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, regardless of how China’s ByteDance positions the divestment of its short video sharing app TikTok, U.S. President Donald Trump does not want it to have a controlling stake in TikTok, since it will place Americans’ personal information at risk. Despite China’s bravado…

Prices of Huawei phones rising every hour on fears on shortages

Chinese consumers are rushing to purchase Huawei’s smartphone featuring its high-end Kirin chips, fearing that the company’s production of its premium handsets will face punitive curbs by U.S. trade action. According to Huaqiangbei, smartphone vendors in China’s southern city of Shenzhen, are seeing a steady rise in the prices of used and new Huawei phones…

Chinese EV maker Xpeng increase size of U.S. IPO to 1.5 billion, retains greenshoe option allowing it further raise $224.4 million

According to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter at hand, Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Xpeng XPEV has increased the size of its U.S initial public offering (IPO) to around $1.49 billion. “The company will price its shares at $15 each, after initially indicating they would be sold for $11 to $13 when…

Trump issues executive orders to ban TikTok and WeChat in 45 days

In a significant development, U.S. President Donald Trump stated, the United States will ban China-owned ByteDance’s TikTok video-sharing app, and Tencent’s WeChat app, in 45 days. The development comes in the wake of the Trump administration stepping up efforts to purge “untrusted” apps, including Chinese ones, from its digital networks citing “significant threats” posed by…

Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC stops taking new orders from Huawei following U.S. restrictions

On Monday, as per a report from Japan’s news daily the Nikkei which cites multiple sources familiar with the matter at hand, the world’s biggest chip maker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, has stopped taking new orders from Huawei Technologies following Washington’s move aimed at further cutting off supplies to the Chinese company. Huawei’s orders…

Chinese auto market 2020 is moderately positive: Daimler-BAIC’s CEO

On Wednesday, the CEO of Daimler-BAIC’s joint venture’s stated, he views the Chinese auto market in 2020 as “moderately positive”; his assessment is based on its April sales performance in China. Daimler-BAIC’s CEO Arno van der Merwe made the comments during a visit to the Beijing Benz Automotive Co’s plant. He did not comment on…