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By Ding Yi / Jul 13, 2020 04:34 PM / Finance

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

Chinese electric vehicle startup Li Auto has filed for a U.S. initial public offering, seeking to raise up to $100 million, as the loss-making company hunts for fresh capital to bankroll its growth.

Li Auto hopes to list shares on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “LI”, and will use the proceeds to develop new products and manufacturing facilities and for general corporate purposes, according to a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Saturday.

If the IPO proceeds, five-year-old Li Auto, formally known as CHJ Automotive, would become China’s second electric vehicle startup to go public in New York after Nio’s $1 billion IPO in 2018.

The company’s most recent funding round took place on July 1, 2020 when it raised $550 million, nearly 91% of which came from Inspired Elite Investments Ltd., a subsidiary of Chinese lifestyle service and food delivery giant Meituan Dianping, the filing said.

Li Auto began mass production of its first model, Li ONE, in November 2019. As of June 30, 2020, it had delivered 10,473 Li ONEs, a six-seat electric sports utility vehicle that can be powered by either electricity or gasoline, the company said.

Li Auto has been unprofitable since its inception. The company said that it booked revenues of $120.3 million on losses of $10.9 million in the first quarter of 2020.

Li Auto has also extended its reach to autonomous vehicles. Recently, the firm unveiled a self-drive plan aiming to achieve Level 4 automation technology by 2024. The U.S. Society of Automative Engineers-rated Level 4 technology allows a vehicle to run almost completely independently of human intervention.

Liu Yukun contributed to this report.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

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