Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Faraday Future has received yet another cash infusion, this time from Chinese medical facility developer Evergrande Health. The company says it will be building 5 million cars a year in 5 years. Does anyone really believe that?


Is Faraday Future Back From The Dead?

Faraday Future has received yet another cash infusion, this time from Chinese medical facility developer Evergrande Health. The company says it will be building 5 million cars a year in 5 years. Does anyone really believe that?

This must be the week when moribund Chinese electric car companies come back from the dead. On Monday, we heard that the Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund is considering a $1 billion investment in Lucid Motors, née Atieva, which sank beneath the waves without a trace a year ago.

Now the South China Morning Post is reporting that Faraday Future, the electric car company founded and funded by Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, is also being revived by an infusion of cash, this time from Chinese health care facility company Evergrande Health. The company is said to have purchased a 45% stake in the cash starved startup last month for $854 million.

Faraday Future FF91

Credit: Kyle Field | CleanTechnica

Production of the FF91, Faraday Future’s 1050 horsepower flagship vehicle, will now begin at a factory in Hanford, California, early next year. Another facility is under development in Guangzhou, which has been selected as the global headquarters for the company. Faraday Future will invest a total of $2 billion in 5 research centers there and other locations within China. Founder Jia Yueting was placed on a debt default list last December after his primary company, LeEco, failed to pay loan obligations totaling more than $2 million on time.

In a statement, Peng Jianjun, vice chairman of Evergrande Health, says “We are conducting rigorous testing of the FF91 model, and are very confident of achieving the mass production target by the end of the first quarter of next year.” Uh huh. That and 5 bucks will get you a small latte at Starbucks. His company also boasts it will be producing 5 million vehicles a year in 5 years.

That seems a bit of a stretch, considering the long history of hype and heavy breathing that has surrounded Faraday Future since its inception. Not the least of those misadventures was a proposed US factory in North Las Vegas, Nevada, that was shut down after the company failed to pay for site preparation work performed by global construction company AECOM.

Faraday Future factory

Credit: ABC30

Then there was the abortive “customer experience center” that was going to be built on Mare Island in San Francisco Bay. Rather than posh Silicon Valley, Hanford is in California’s Central Valley south of Fresno and closer to LA than SF. Its “factory” is little more than a recycled commercial building out in the desert with a company logo spray painted on the door, according to ABC30 News.

The time for boast and bluster is over. Now it’s time to put up or shut up for Faraday Future. As nice a car as the FF91 may be, it seems unlikely it will ever see the light of day in any significant quantities either in America or China. “We’ll see,” said the Zen master.

Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his homes in Florida and Connecticut or anywhere else the Singularity may lead him. You can follow him on Twitter but not on any social media platforms run by evil overlords like Facebook.


You May Also Like


The top version of the Lucid Air has the longest range of any electric car sold in America.


Fresh off a reverse merger that brought in $1 billion in new capital, Faraday Future says it will begin production in 12 months or...


Originally posted on EVANNEX. by Charles Morris A gaggle of young EV companies, many of them heavily covered in the press during the recent spurt of...


As we reported recently, there’s a big cleantech bill moving through the US Congress that would revive, extend, and expand the zero-emission vehicle tax...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.