Byton to go public via SPAC deal

Reliable sources have revealed that Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Byton, backed by Foxconn, is in talks to go public through a merger with a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

According to the sources,Byton, whose key shareholders also include China’s state-owned automaker FAW Group and EV battery maker CATL, is in talks with potential SPAC companies and investors about the listing and plans to go public as early as this year.

Byton was launched in 2017 by Future Mobility Corp, a company co-founded by former BMW and Nissan Motor executives. But it has been facing cash flow problems since 2019 as investors were cautious ploughing money in a crowded sector when EV sales growth was slowing in the world’s biggest car market.

The embattled company was building a car factory in the eastern city of Nanjing but suspended the endeavour in July to conduct a reorganisation of the firm.

Last month Byton sealed a deal to start making electric sport-utility vehicles with Foxconn and the Nanjing Economic and Technological Development Zone in 2022.

One of the sources revealed that as part of the agreement, Foxconn will invest $200 million into the SUV research and production project and will help build supply chain for the EV production that aims to lower car manufacturing costs.

Byton declined to comment.