On January 9, China's Xpeng Motors debuted its ready-to-sell production car, called G3 at the International CES 2018 in Las Vegas, NV, USA. Image Credit: PR Newswire

Tokyo, Beijing: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Foxconn Technology Group led a new fund-raising round by electric carmaker Xiaopeng Motors, investing 2.2 billion yuan (Dh1.2 billion or $350 million) in the start-up 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 start-ups striving to become China’s Tesla Inc. and upend the existing auto sector. It completed Series-A fund-raising round in December, with Alibaba, GGV Capital and Matric 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.