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Published on July 25th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart


Faraday Future Extends Lifeline With $2 Billion In Financing

July 25th, 2018 by  

I’m sure e-mobility history will have a passage or even chapter dedicated to the incredible Faraday Future story. The question is where that story will go from here. Once a promising bright light in the bustling electric vehicle world, it was left for dead a year ago. Now it has come back at the 11th hour. It hopes another $2 billion will save the day. So, what is next for FF?

Faraday Future Secures $2B

Faraday Future Secures $2 Billion Financial Round

Faraday Future (FF) got $2 billion of first-round equity funding came with approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The agreement started on November 30, 2017, when Season Smart Limited entered into an investment agreement to invest $2 billion into FF, which probably relates to the positive news from March about a new factory.

Although FF is not a public company and its financial records are not open to public scrutiny, it says this investment will help it to achieve its vision of delivering a clean, intelligent, connected, and shared global mobility ecosystem. In other words, FF is still going for a holistic EV ecosystem, not just a car or two. As would be expected, Yueting (YT) Jia, founder of FF, is the official Global CEO.

The press release further quotes: “Pursuant to the terms of the $2 billion investment, the details of share structure are 45% for Evergrande Health (Investor), 33% for the original shareholder, and 22% for the team at FF.”

And: “FF will continue to use the committed funds to accomplish our top priority – finalizing the development and delivering the first production vehicle, FF91, to both the US and China markets. The investment will also support Faraday Future to expand its product pipeline, develop cutting-edge technologies and grow the business rapidly in the global marketplace, including our manufacturing facilities in Hanford, California and in Guangzhou Nansha, Guangdong Province, China.”

Does This Mean It’s A Green Light For FF At Last?

Not so fast, Kemosabi. This gives FF breathing space and allows it to continue its mission. The goal is to get the FF91 out the door as soon as possible.

Speaking of which, did you know why FF chose the FF91 name specifically? The 9 and 1 are spelled out as individual numbers “nine-one,” not “ninety-one,” because the number “9” represents the highest number in a single digit, which reflects FF91’s top-level luxury status and best-in-class performance, while the “1” represents the first of the model lineup.

Hopefully we’ll finally get to drive an FF91 and then an FF92, FF93 …

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About the Author

Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn't until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Eager to spread the news of that full torque, he was invited to write for various CleanTech outlets in 2007. Since then, his passion led to cover renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets both in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. He particularly enjoys communicating about the new e-mobility technology and what it means to us as a society. Today he focuses most of his writing effort on CleanTechnica, a global online outlet that covers the world of electric vehicles and renewable energy. His favorite tagline is: "There are more solutions than obstacles."

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