Half a year after raising $500m in a TUS Holdings-backed series B round, the electric car developer is seeking another $500m before it floats.

Byton, a China-based smart car developer backed by  Tsinghua University’s asset management arm TUS Holdings, is seeking at least $500m in funding, Reuters reported yesterday.
The company is aiming for a valuation of more than $4bn and is particularly keen on attracting overseas investors, according to people familiar with the matter. Byton confirmed it was raising a series C round but did not reveal any additional information.
Founded in 2016 as Future Mobility, Byton is developing smart, electric vehicles that boast features such as a 49-inch dashboard screen, a tablet integrated in the steering wheel and connected in-car applications.
The company intends to begin series production of its sports utility vehicle, M-Byte, by the end of 2019, having built approximately 100 prototype cars that are currently undergoing a wide range of tests.
The series C funding is expected to support the mass production of M-Byte and research…

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