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Nio Rival Aiways Secures Investment From Didi Chuxing, State-Owned Investor
Zhang Yushuo
DATE:  Jan 27 2021
/ SOURCE:  Yicai
Nio Rival Aiways Secures Investment From Didi Chuxing, State-Owned Investor Nio Rival Aiways Secures Investment From Didi Chuxing, State-Owned Investor

(Yicai Global) Jan. 27 -- Aiways, a Chinese new energy vehicle startup that is planning to go public on Shanghai's Star Market, has secured investment from ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing and a state-owned institution.

Didi Chuxing’s Shangrao branch in Jiangxi province and Shanxi Hesheng New Kinetic Energy Equity Investment Partnership have invested in the carmaker, according to corporate information platform Tianyancha which doesn't show the scale of investment.

Shangrao Didi holds almost a 0.4 percent stake in the Shanghai-based automobile firm and the northern Chinese government-backed investor now has 2.9 percent of the equity.

Aiways was founded in 2017 by Fu Qiang, a former head of Volvo Cars China. The firm completed its latest funding before this one in May 2019. It received CNY1 billion (USD154.6 million) from a government fund at that time.

An initial public offering should be in the cards. The car company has not yet announced when it will list its shares on the Star Market, it told Yicai Global last October.

Aiways is seeking to go public on the Nasdaq-style board in the second half of 2021, financial news platform Cailian Press reported on Oct. 28, 2020, citing insiders.

The startup launched its first vehicle, the U5, in December 2019. In the first eight months of 2020, it sold almost 930 units, much fewer than other Chinese NEV startups such as Nio, Xpeng, and Li Auto.

Editor: Emmi Laine

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Keywords:   Didi,AiWays,NEV startup