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NIO boosts size of share sale by 20% amid EV stock frenzy

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China’s NIO Inc. boosted the size of its capital raising by almost 20 percent as investors rush stock sales by EV makers.

The U.S.-listed, Shanghai-based firm sold 88.5 million American depositary receipts at $17 apiece, according to an emailed statement Monday. It initially planned to sell only 75 million shares.

The some $1.5 billion raised in NIO’s latest offer will be partly used to increase the company’s interest in NIO China. Funds will also be spent on R&D into autonomous driving technologies as well as other general corporate purposes.

Investors are showing an increased interest in clean-energy car companies. Stock in Tesla Inc. has surged this year, making founder Elon Musk a centibillionaire with a net worth of $104 billion. Li Auto Inc., another Chinese EV maker, raised $1.1 billion in late July while XPeng Inc. had a stellar debut last week.

NIO’s once-shaky financial position is looking stronger. Earlier this year, it got a $1 billion investment from the city of Hefei in eastern China, where it operates a factory. The firm also reported a positive gross margin for the first time in the second quarter.

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