(Corrects day in paragraph 1 to "Tuesday" from "Monday")
March 28 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc said on Tuesday that Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd has invested $1.78 billion in the electric carmaker for a 5 percent passive stake.
Tencent, best known for its WeChat mobile app, has been investing in a number of sectors, including gaming, entertainment, cloud computing and online financing.
Tencent now owns more than 8 million shares in the company as of March 24, Tesla said in a regulatory filing. (Reporting by Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)