Electric vehicle maker Weltmeister Motor recently closed its RMB 3 billion (around $450 million) Series C led by Baidu, which seeks to increase its self-driving advantages in the country’s EV consumption boom.

The investment will be put primarily toward delivering an enhanced driving experience, including the research and development (R & D) of an intelligent cockpit, according to WM Motor founder and CEO Freeman Shen, in a statement sent to TechNode.

WM Motor has raised nearly RMB 23 billion total in all of its fundraising rounds. Along with Baidu, Series C investors include state-led asset management company Taihang Industrial Fund, as well as Shanghai-based venture capital firm Linear Venture.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen