Changan Automobile announced on Thursday that Avatr Technology, an electric vehicle enterprise jointly established by Changan, Huawei and CATL, has completed a capital increase and share expansion deal. Avatr has now changed from a holding subsidiary of Changan Automobile to a joint venture, and its independence has been enhanced.
According to an evaluation by Beijing Guorong Xinghua Assets Appraisal Co., Ltd., the value of Avatr now reaches 6.26 billion yuan ($942 million), nearly eight times higher than its previous valuation of 788.2 million yuan.
This substantial increase is the result of several factors, including an initial round of financing worth 2.42 billion yuan, and the expected increase of sales volume and income. At present, Avatr Technology is going through the procedures for promoting round-A financing.
Since its establishment, Avatr Technology has gathered together resources from Changan Automobile, Huawei and CATL. These three strategic partners have jointly built an intelligent electric vehicle technology platform called CHN.
Tan Benhong, Chairman and CEO of Avatr Technology, said that the firm’s rising valuation proves the confidence of capital markets in the long-term development of Avatr, and also reflects the recognition of its pioneering CHN model.
Tan revealed that the company’s first model, the Avatr 11, will be equipped with a new-generation CTP ternary lithium battery pack from CATL, with a maximum cruising range of over 700km. In addition, the new car will adapt the industry-leading super-sensing system and super-computing platform, including three laser radars, six millimeter wave radars, 12 ultrasonic radars, 13 cameras, and 400 TOPS high computing power, which can together realize intelligent driving on urban roads.
In addition to strengthening cooperation in terms of products, Avatr Technology is preparing to demonstrate its new car in Huawei’s offline stores. It also plans to open its own stores during the second quarter of this year in the cities of Chongqing, Shenzhen, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Guangzhou and others. This year, its sales network will be expanded to 100 cities, and mass production and delivery will also be realized.