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…

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…

Hyundai Mobis muscles into car parts market

With U.S. electric vehicle pioneer Tesla Inc accelerating the shift towards electric cars, Hyundai Motor suppliers have increasingly turned to “outsiders” for parts; but now Hyundai’s own supply company, Mobis, plans on plunging into this supply chain. Hyundai Mobis is negotiating with two global automakers to supply electrified parts, said the company’s executive with an…

Tesla recalling Model X vehicles which belong to 2016 model year over power steering issue in North America

Tesla Inc is recalling 15,000 Model X SUVs in North America because of a potential issue that can lead to a loss of power steering assist which will make steering harder and increase the risk of a crash. In a statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Transport Canada stated, the aluminum bolts…

Panasonic’s Q1 profits at Tesla’s Gigafactory boost investor confidence in EV market

On Tuesday, following Panasonic Corp’s first quarter report, shares of Asian companies in Tesla Inc’s battery supply chain surged. Panasonic’s battery venture with Tesla has boosted investor confidence in the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) maker. Panasonic’s first quarterly profit from its $1.6 billion investment in Tesla’s Gigafactory is also another validation of Tesla founder Elon…

GM’s self-driving car startup unveils EV without steering wheel or pedals

In a statement, Cruise, General Motors’ self-driving car unit said, it has unveiled an electric vehicle without any steering wheel or pedals for use in its planned autonomous ride-sharing service. Cruise did not disclose when the car will go into production. The vehicle, named “Cruise Origin”, was developed with Honda Motor Co Ltd following the…

Volkswagen boosts electric vehicle production forecast for 2025

European carmaker Volkswagen electric vehicle strategy is playing itself out, with the carmaker’s electric offensive picking up speed, as planned. In September 2019, VW unveiled its new all-electric ID.3 and in November production commenced at its Zwickau electric vehicle plant. With this major milestone under its belt, the Volkswagen brand is set to play a…