As enthusiasm builds for more climate-friendly vehicles, shares of EV makers, including Tesla Inc TSLA.O and Nio Inc NIO.N, have surged in recent months and auto makers are looking to the markets for funds.
Shanghai-based WM's local rivals Li Auto Inc LI.O, Xpeng Inc XPEV.N are listed in New York.
Investors in WM's latest funding round include Shanghai's state-owned asset regulator's investment firms and SAIC Motor 600104.SS. WM did not disclose its valuation after the funding.
The funding will help WM further develop intelligent vehicle technologies and expand sales channels. The company is eyeing a STAR board listing and has started preparing for it, sources familiar with the matter said. Reporting by Yilei Sun and Brenda Goh; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta